Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

COVID-19 vaccination update: 45,750 doses administered

As at 16 June, 45,750 doses of the free Pfizer BioNTech vaccine have been administered in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region since vaccination started on 1 March 2021. 18,157 of these are second doses.

This puts Nelson Marlborough Health and our primary care and Māori health partners ahead of target.  We are currently achieving 169% of our target as reported on the Ministry of Health website. 

In April we started to offer the vaccine to people in Group 3, and we also continue to offer it to Group 1 and Group 2 members.  

If you are in Group 3 you will be contacted over the next few months by a booking team member, using contact details held by your GP or healthcare provider. If you don’t have a GP you can register your contact details with Healthline on 0800 282 926. Once your contact details are up to date you do not need to do anything. We'll let you know when it's your turn.

The large size of Group 3 means that not everyone in Group 3 will be offered the vaccine at the same time, or at the same time as people you know. We ask people to be patient – everyone in our region over the age of 16 will be offered a free vaccine. 

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]

For more information about the vaccine, go to the main information page on this website.

What about the flu vaccine?

The 2021 flu vaccine is also currently available for free from your GP, medical centre nurse, Māori health provider and participating pharmacies for:

  • people aged 65+ 
  • 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. 

Should I get my flu shot first or my COVID-19 vaccine? 

Get your COVID-19 vaccine first if you already have an appointment booked, otherwise get your flu shot first. Leave a gap of two weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine.


Getting the right information matters

Be aware of incorrect information on social media and websites. Disinformation is also circulating in the form of pamphlets; if it's not from Unite Against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health or Te Puni Kokiri it might not be trustworthy.

You can get accurate, evidence-based information from:

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