Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

COVID-19 vaccination update: Group 3 is well underway

Almost 16,000 people have received a Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in the Nelson Marlborough region as our vaccination teams continue to stay ahead of schedule.

Nelson Marlborough Health has exceeded its vaccination targets each week since vaccination started on 1 March. Currently, we are achieving 143% of target as reported on the Ministry of Health website. 

Approximately 4,014 vaccines were provided in the past week, with a large clinic for Group 2 and 3 members in Motueka. This included people aged 65 and under who have underlying health conditions. Vaccination for Group 1, 2 and 3 members continues this month and into May. Find out which group you are in.

The vaccination programme is a partnership between teams from Nelson Marlborough Health, Te Piki Oranga, Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation and Marlborough Primary Health Organisation.

The 2021 flu vaccine is also currently available for free to people aged 65+ from your GP, medical centre nurse or Māori health provider. 

From 17 May the vaccine will also be free for: 

  • pregnant women (any stage of pregnancy)
  • children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
  • people under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed on this webpage

For further information go to the Health Navigator website, talk to your GP or phone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863)

The Ministry of Health recommends a two-week gap between getting your flu vaccine and your of COVID-19 vaccine. 


How many people have received the COVID-19 vaccine to date?

​As at 29 April 2021







7,846 (2,321 of these are the second dose)

4,000 (875 of these are the second dose)

3,775 (750 of these are the second dose)


Please note: These are the numbers of people vaccinated at Nelson, Tasman or Marlborough locations. They are not the numbers of Nelson, Tasman or Marlborough residents who have received vaccination – ie, someone who lives in Richmond (Tasman) may have had their vaccine at Nelson Hospital.

When will I get my turn?

What group you're in depends on your age and situation. You can use the Unite against COVID-19 tool to find out what group you're probably in and when you can get a vaccine. The tool is online here.

This one-page overview shows the timing for the different groups. [links to Ministry of Health website]

And this diagram illustrates the timing and the volume of vaccines offered between March and December 2021 [links to Ministry of Health website]

Where can I find information about the vaccine?

​There is a lot of useful information available online, eg about vaccine safety, how vaccines are approved and side effects. When looking for information, please prioritise evidence-based websites and social media, and encourage your colleagues, friends and whānau to do so also. The most reliable sources of information, made specifically for consumers, are:

COVID-19 information: How to tell if a website or social media site is credible

There is a lot of information online - it can be difficult to know what’s reliable. Here are five tips to help you make sure what you read online is from a reliable source:

  1. Understand the publisher. Anyone on the internet can publish anything they like. It's important to understand the goals of that publication. You can often learn about a website's background by reviewing a website's 'About' page.
  2. Check the sources. The sources of an article are a strong reflection of an article's quality. If the article doesn't list sources, ask yourself - where is this information coming from? If the article does list sources, check them and make sure you believe they are authoritative.
  3. Check grammar and spelling. Poor grammar and multiple spelling mistakes could be a flag that the information you are reading is not trustworthy.
  4. Check the site design. Reputable publishers put a lot of effort into making sure their articles are easy to read. 


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