Vaccine Guide: About the COVID-19 Vaccine


  • What is a vaccine?
    • Vaccines protect you and help stop you getting sick.
      • Some vaccines you may have had before include the flu and measles vaccine.
    • Most vaccines are an injection that you get in your arm.
  • How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
    • The COVID-19 vaccine works by teaching your body to fight the virus, so you don’t get sick.
    • You need to two doses of the vaccine to get the best protection.
  • Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting sick from the virus.
    • It will help reduce the risk of passing the virus on to your family, friends and community.
  • There are enough vaccines for everyone
    • The New Zealand Government bought enough vaccine for everyone in New Zealand, and some of the Pacific Islands.
    • Everyone, 16 years and over, who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will get one.
    • The Government encourages everyone to get a vaccination.
  • The vaccine is free for everyone
    • The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in New Zealand.
    • You won’t have to pay any money to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • If you visit your family doctor to get the vaccine, the appointment will be free.
  • Will getting the vaccine stop me giving COVID-19 to others?
    • This is a new vaccine. We know it will help stop you feeling sick from COVID-19. We don’t know yet if it will stop you from catching the virus and giving it to your friends or family, so continue to stay at home if you’re unwell, cover coughs or sneezes and wash your hands.
  • Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?
    • No, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
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