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COVID-19 information

Vaccination information

Booking a COVID-19 Vaccination

Our immunity against COVID-19 is incredibly important and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your whānau and your community. The vaccine is free and there’s enough vaccine for everyone. To make the vaccination process flow smoothly, we’re rolling out in age bands.


When can I book my vaccination?

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand will be able to get the vaccine. With such a large group of people, to make the process flow smoothly, we’re breaking it down into age bands. We’re starting with the oldest and working our way down to the youngest. Remember, once you’re eligible to be vaccinated, you can book at any time. There’s no cut off and there’s enough vaccine for everyone.


When it’s time to get vaccinated


Step 1: Receiving an invitation

When you’re eligible, you’ll receive a letter from Book My Vaccine inviting you to book at We’ll follow up with an email and text.


Step 2: Make your booking

Once you’re received your invitation or when your age band is open, go to to book your appointments.  If you’re unable to book online, you can ring the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days) and we’ll make the booking for you and answer any questions. Interpreters are available if you need them.


You can expect to wait for around six to eight weeks from the time you make your booking until your first vaccination. Depending on where and when you’d like to be vaccinated you might find an appointment earlier. 


You’ll need to leave at least 21 days between your first and second dose.


Step 3: Get your vaccination

We’ll send you a reminder the day before each appointment. It’s very important to get two doses of

the vaccine – this will give you the best protection.


Be ready and have your NHI on hand when you book

When you book, it’s a good idea to have your NHI (National Health Index) number handy. You don’t

need it to book but it will make the process quicker for you. You’ll find your NHI number on a prescription or prescription receipt, x-ray or test result, or a letter from the hospital.


Other ways to get vaccinated

There are other ways for people to be vaccinated, including workplace vaccinations and other vaccination events around the country. In many remote rural communities, we will vaccinate all age groups at the same time.


Many GPs are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations and are taking bookings directly. To find out if your GP is offering this service visit

COVID-19 information

Alert Level 1 information:

Visiting returns to normal at our hospitals. You'll find visiting information on our website here.
Please continue to keep yourself and our patients safe by following these three simple rules:
• please observe good hand hygiene (we have hand sanitisers at all of our main entrances) and cough/sneeze etiquette at all times
• do not visit patients if you are unwell (please stay away if you have a cold or the flu!)
• sign in using the contact tracing option that best suits you – for some, this may mean using the NZ COVID Tracer app on your smartphone to scan the QR codes at our front entrances; for others, it may be a matter of registering on arrival.
Our DHB thanks everyone for respecting our recent visiting restrictions. Your understanding and patience have helped us all in our fight against COVID-19.


Where should I go if I think I have COVID-19 or have been exposed to a case? 

Please call your family doctor to get a test first. Your next best option is to visit either an Urgent Care Clinic or a designated practice. The final option is to visit a Community Testing Centre. 

It is completely FREE if you say you’re just needing a test. If your family doctor is busy, they will recommend another family doctor that can test you.

You can also visit a designated GP clinic to get tested. You don’t need to be enrolled to get tested at these clinics.

Another option is to visit an Urgent Care Clinic -some of these are opened 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Your final option is to visit a Community Testing Centre (CTCs). 

If you are unsure about whether you need a test, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP. Please be aware that COVID-19 testing is not available at our hospitals.

Designated Clinics, Urgent Care Clinics and Community Testing Centres - Auckland

What should I know before getting a test?

  • Please ensure you have a mask on and gloves
  • Take your NHI number with you and a form of ID - this will speed up your testing process.

Remember: be calm, be kind and be patient.


Our health authorities are working quickly to trace everyone who has been in close and casual contact with the positive cases. If this is you, they will contact you and advise you on next steps.

If you are in Auckland and have any cold or flu-like symptoms, you should get a COVID-19 test. You can get a free test at:

  • at your doctor – please phone ahead to make an appointment
  • at a community testing clinic

If you are unsure if you should get a test, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

  • Wear a mask and gloves
  • Take a form of photo ID for every person you are with who is getting tested
  • Bring your NHI number with you (if you know it)
  • Please be patient
  • Go to your hospital appointments unless the service contacts you to reschedule. Our hospitals are very safe to attend
  • Pharmacies remain open
  • Family doctors remain open
  • Urgent care clinics will remain open

There are a number of simple but effective ways you can keep your family safe. These include:

  • Stay home
  • If you have symptoms: fever, runny nose, a cough, loss of taste or smell, please get a COVID-19 test
  • Wear a mask when you are out in public (more information of masks can be found below)
  • Keep track of where you have been
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow

You can find more information on keeping safe on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) and Unite Agains COVID-19 websites.

There are two types of masks available – non-medical masks and medical masks.

Most people can use non-medical-grade masks. These masks prevent the wearer from spreading diseases to others and could help protect the wearer from becoming infected.

Non-medical-grade masks can be either single-use or reusable.

  • A single-use mask can only be worn once, and you should throw it away after wearing it.
  • Reusable masks can be washed and reused.

You can buy non-medical-grade masks online or in shops like pharmacies, supermarkets and hardware stores.

You can make your own masks. Find out how at

At Alert Level 2 and higher, people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should use medical-grade masks to help prevent infection.

When you wear a face mask, it's important you use it safely.

Never share face masks with other people. Face masks should not be worn by:

  • young children or people who could not remove them without assistance
  • people who have trouble breathing.

For more information on how to put on a face mask safely, what to remember while wearing a mask and how to take it off safely, please visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Yes. Staying healthy is important so you should continue to seek healthcare during Alert Level 3. During Alert Level 3, healthcare services, such as Healthline, GPs, cancer services, disability and aged support services remain open.

Some planned care, including elective surgery and radiology, will be provided. Some non-urgent services or treatment may be deferred.

If you have received a medical appointment you should attend.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your health, call your GP.

As always, if you require urgent medical advice, call 111.

It’s normal to feel anxious and stressed during times of uncertainty. The COVID-19 website has plenty of advice on looking after your mental wellbeing.

If you need support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can talk to counsellors in languages other than English.

You can also contact the Asian Family Services. They are a nationwide mental health and addiction service that provides free and confidential support in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai and Hindi. Phone 0800 862 342 from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. For further information, visit the Asian Family Services website.

Health authorities are using genome testing as part of their work in finding the source of the infection. By using genome testing, scientists can compare different strains of COVID-19 and find out.

More information

For more information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), please refer to the following websites: