Te Arawa Whānau Ora and the Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Hub are working together to support Lakes District Health Board with the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine in our rohe.

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by Medsafe. Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority and it’s responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand. Medsafe only grants consent for a vaccine to be used in New Zealand once it is satisfied the vaccine is safe and effective enough to use.

Māori are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and it’s imperative that we have a good plan in place to protect our whānau. Our goal is to ensure whānau have all the information they need to make an informed decision about the vaccine.

At this stage, there is one central vaccination clinic located at Central Mall Rotorua. The clinic is situated in the old No.1 Shoe Warehouse building, next to Noel Leeming.

We are providing support for the rollout to ensure all whānau who want the vaccine, can get one.

The vaccination drive is being rolled out nationally in four groups;

  • Group 1 – border and managed isolation and quarantine workforce – those on the frontline protecting our team of 5 million. These vaccinations have already started in Rotorua. This is well underway.
  • Group 2 – household contacts of our border and managed isolation and quarantine workforce, frontline healthcare workers and at-risk people living in settings with a high risk of transmission or exposure to COVID-19. These vaccinations have commenced and will include some Te Arawa whānau.
  • Group 3 – people who are at higher risk if they catch COVID-19 (people aged over 65, those with relevant underlying health conditions and disabled people). These vaccinations started in May.
  • Group 4 – the remainder of the general population aged 16 and older. We expect these vaccinations to start in July.

Vaccinations will be given by trained health professionals and like all other immunisations, you will need to wait 20 minutes after the vaccination to ensure you have no side effects. You will then be scheduled for your second dose of the vaccination 21 days later. BOTH doses are required to have the best protection against the virus.

Our information is sourced from the Ministry of Health. While we endeavour to update it frequently, please see the Ministry website here for the most recent updates.

Updated information on our Facebook page.

We have developed a set of frequently asked questions to help answer some questions you may have about the vaccine.