COVID-19 Immunisation In Children

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5 and over get their free COVID vaccination now. The Pfizer vaccine is highly effective. The Ministry of Health recommends vaccinations for tamariki and rangatahi to keep them safe and help protect your whānau and community from COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 vaccine is part of a multi-layered approach which offers the best protection against COVID-19. All these measures can help children return to school safely, reconnect with whānau and friends, and do what they enjoy. Parents and caregivers now have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Find out why it's important for your child 12 and over to have the COVID vaccine. It's especially important for those with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions (like rheumatic heart disease). Watch the videos. Make a booking now.

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Anyone 12 years and over can have the COVID vaccine. If you're in the 12 to 15 age group, check some information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch 12 year old Scarlett-Manaia host the COVID vaccine kōrero (at the bottom of the page).

Check some tips and resources for supporting your child or young person through the COVID-19 immunisation process. This includes resources for supporting those with disabilities.

Young people with diabetes aged 12 years and over can have their COVID-19 immunisation now. From 17 January 2022, parents and caregivers will also have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine. The Paediatric Society Clinical Network for Diabetes recommends all children 5 years and over with diabetes have the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

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E ngā tamariki o Aotearoa, mā koutou tēnei. Ākona mai, kia mōhio ai he aha te aha e pā ana ki te kōwheori. Kei te whiwhi ngā tamariki i te kano ārai mate? Nā Julie (he kairangahau) rātou ko Jin (he rata tamariki), ko ētehi atu tamariki tēnei i tuhi.

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Kids of Aotearoa - this is written especially for you. Find out what's happening with COVID-19. It's written by Julie, a researcher, and Jin, a doctor who cares for children. They wrote this together with children.