Where and when can I get a COVID 19 vaccine?
May 9, 2021
Where and when can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?
As much as we would like to be vaccinating you against COVID 19 the vaccine is currently only being given out by the District Health Board, from certain sites in Auckland. We did apply to be a site but were rejected, it seems that general practice is not on the District Health Board's radar for being part of the process yet, even though we have an army of vaccinators and are ready, willing, and able. Hopefully later in the year we will see increased flexibility on this issue, and primary care is certainly campaigning for this.
We are fielding many enquiries about the vaccine, but unfortunately, we have no control over this and are unable to change your level of priority. All we can do at this stage is point you in the right direction to get information and to encourage you to go ahead as soon as you get an invitation.
Please visit the government website for the plan of the vaccination roll out. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-getting-vaccine/covid-19-when-you-can-get-vaccine#group3
In May we hope to be seeing our older adults and those with certain pre-existing medical conditions getting invited for vaccinations. In July we hope the rest of the population over 16 years of age will be invited.
We anticipate that rest homes and residential complexes for older adults will be the first cab off the rank.
For more information, please go to https://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/patients-visitors/covid-19-information/ .
You can contact the Vaccination helpline on 0800 282 926 if you think you have been missed.
Where will I have to go?
You can choose your vaccination centre – the local ones are listed below.
Birkenhead Vaccination Centre 1 Cnr Highbury Bypass &, Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead
Opening Monday 10th May
Auckland CBD Vaccination Centre 21 Elliot St, Auckland
Mon – Sun: 8am-6.30pm
Enter the Atrium shopping centre on Elliot St. Take lifts to L4. Turn left when exiting lifts.
Henderson Vaccination Centre 28 Catherine Street, Henderson
Westgate Vaccination Centre 11 Westgate Drive, Westgate
How many vaccinations will I need and how long does it take?
The vaccine is given as 2 doses 21 days apart so you will need 2 appointments. After the vaccine you will need to stay for 20 minutes to be monitored. Each appointment will take approximately 40 minutes, perhaps longer if there are queues.
Flu or COVID- 19 Vaccination first?
The May rollout is overlapping with the influenza vaccine rollout. It is a good idea not to have the flu vaccination within 2 weeks of a COVID -19 vaccination, purely so we can monitor the side effects of both. If you are due for the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine, having the COVID-19 vaccine takes priority over having the flu vaccine. If you do not know when you are going to be offered the COVID – 19 vaccine and have not been invited it makes sense to go ahead with the flu vaccination. https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/c/covid-19-vaccine-and-flu-vaccine/
You can get your flu vaccination from Medplus as normal, and currently we are giving the flu vaccination to the over 65-year-olds. From mid-May we anticipate the roll out to those eligible who are under 65 years of age. You will be sent an invitation to make an appointment. You can choose to have your flu vaccination at Medplus Lake Road, or Medplus Anne Street. You will need to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination.