Common questions on the COVID-19 vaccine

Why should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

It is the most powerful way to protect against COVID-19. It reduces the risk of catching COVID and getting really sick. High vaccination rates also makes it harder for the virus to spread through our communities and enables the health system to provide care for the other things we need it for.

Where do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Click here to book a COVID-19 vaccine.

What are the common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

All vaccines have side effects. Common side effects of the Pfizer vaccine may include:

  • pain or swelling at the injection site

  • feeling tired or fatigued

  • headache

  • muscle aches

  • chills

  • joint pain

  • fever

  • redness at the injection site

  • nausea

For more information on side effects.

How do I get my COVID-19 vaccine pass?

The Vaccine Pass allows you access to places in Aotearoa that require proof of vaccination status. Download your COVID-19 vaccine pass.

Alternative vaccines

AstraZeneca and Novavax are alternative vaccines available in New Zealand for people aged 18 and older who cannot receive the Pfizer vaccine and for people who would like a different option. These vaccines are only available at selected sites. To book your appointment visit