Group 3
Protect the people who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19

Who – approximately 1,700,000

  • People in New Zealand aged 65+, people with relevant underlying health conditions4, and disabled people.
  • Adults in custodial settings.


  • We know that age and certain underlying health conditions and disabilities mean that it is much more likely that people will get very sick if they catch COVID-19.
  • International evidence has shown that COVID-19 can spread quickly among people in custody.

May onwards

We will offer different options to make getting the vaccine as easy as possible, including through Māori and Pacific providers, GPs, pop-up centres, pharmacies, medical and hauora centres and community clinics.