Everyone in New Zealand, aged 12+ is now eligible for their free COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinating against COVID-19 reduces the risk of the virus to you, your whānau, and your community. The more people that vaccinate the stronger we will be.

  • please wear a face mask when you attend your vaccination. Our vaccinators will be wearing masks too.
  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms please don't attend your appointment. Phone Healthline to see if you need a test: 0800 358 5453 

How are the numbers looking? 

As this graph shows, 80% of people in our region have had their first dose. That's awesome!

If you are one of the 20% who is not yet vaccinated, we need you to get your first dose before the end of October so that we can give you your second one before Christmas. Let's make this summer unstoppable!

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Where to get your free vaccine

Walk-in vaccinations are available at the three main vaccination clinics in Nelson, Richmond and Blenheim. No appointments needed and there are no queues! Bring family and friends with you and pop on a face mask before you come in. 

Anyone aged 12-18 who gets a vaccine between 1 March and 26 October 2021 goes into the draw to win one of: 4 iPhones, 6 iPads and 60 $50 data top-up cards. See the section on this webpage for details.

Nelson: 16 Paru Paru Rd (near the Trafalgar Centre)

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm*
  • Sunday: 9am to 3.30pm

*SUPER SATURDAY: Open to 8pm on 'Super Saturday' 16 October

Richmond: 253 Queen St

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 7.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 4pm*
  • Sunday: 10am to 4pm

*SUPER SATURDAY: Open to 8pm on 'Super Saturday' 16 October

Blenheim: Unit 3, 19 Henry St

  • Monday to Saturday*: 8.30am to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

*SUPER SATURDAY: Open to 8pm on 'Super Saturday' 16 October

'Super Saturday' walk-ins at GP and pharmacies: 16 October

You don't need to be enrolled with these GPs (medical centres) or pharmacies to just walk-in and get your free vaccine

Blenheim

  • Community Care Pharmacy: 10am to 7.30pm
  • John Poswillo Pharmacy: 9.15am to 5.15pm
  • Unichem Redwoodtown Pharmacy: 9am to 6pm
  • Unichem Springlands: 12 noon to 6pm
  • Wairau Pharmacy: 10am to 2pm

Picton

  • Picton Healthcare Pharmacy: 10am to 7.30pm

Nelson

  • Hardy St Pharmacy, 10am to 1pm
  • Life Pharmacy Prices, 11am to 7pm
  • Stoke Medical Centre: 8.30am to 5pm (with free coffee and BBQ food)
  • Toi Toi Medical Centre (Natalie St), 10am to 4pm
  • Hauora Health Centre (Collingwood St), 9am to 4pm

Richmond

  • McGlashen Pharmacy: 10am to 6pm
  • Queen St Pharmacy: 12 noon to 2.30pm

Murchison: Murchison Health Centre

  • 11am to 2pm
  • free coffee vouchers

Motueka & Golden Bay

  • Bay Pharmacy (Motueka): 9am to 7.30pm
  • Golden Bay Pharmacy (Takaka): 9am to 6pm
  • Unichem Motueka: 9am to 7.30pm

Pop-up & drive-throughs (no appointments needed)

These pop-up and drive-through vaccination clinics are open to everyone aged 12 and over. Walk-ins welcome!

Anyone aged 12-18 who gets a vaccine between 1 March and 26 October 2021 goes into the draw to win one of: 4 iPhones, 6 iPads and 60 $50 data top-up cards. See the section on this webpage for details.

Blenheim

Friday 15 October: MySpace Marlborough Youth Trust

  • 18 Kinross Street
  • 10am to 3pm
  • the Edge FM crew will be there from 11am to 1pm, with music and a BBQ

Saturday 16 October: Westwood Business Park, Springlands

  • near KMart and Pak 'n Save 
  • 9am to 4pm
  • food trucks, coffee cart, sausage sizzle and ice creams
  • spot prizes

Saturday 16 October: Redwoodtown School

  • 9am to 3pm
  • free kai

Motueka

Saturday 16 October: Mitre 10 Motueka

  • 10am to 2pm
  • free BBQ food and coffee vouchers
  • free Motueka Creamery Ice Cream 

Sunday 17 October: Memorial Hall - Pah St

  • 9am to 4pm
  • free BBQ

Nelson

Saturday 16 October: Nelson Intermediate School

  • 11am to 3pm
  • whānau day
  • vaccination information and kōrero, and other health information
  • free BBQ
  • bouncy castle, stalls and other activities
  • go in the draw to win a signed Mako jersey
  • giveaways and prizes

Saturday 16 October: Tahunanui Community Hub

  • 55-61 Muritai St, Tahunanui
  • 11am to 6pm
  • free coffee and kai
  • food parcels for whānau
  • go into the draw (raffle) to win a prize pack
  • activities for tamariki

Saturday 16 October: Nelson Speedway

  • 105/123 Lansdowne Road, Richmond
  • 5pm to 8pm 
  • get a Speedway entry voucher when you get your vaccine there 

Sunday 17 October: Tahunanui beach

  • 11am to 4pm
  • the Edge FM crew will be there from 11am to 1pm, with music and a BBQ

Golden Bay

Monday 18 October

  • Tata Beach (by boat ramp): 10am to 12pm
  • Pohara Store: 1pm to 4pm

Tuesday 19 October

  • Bainham: 9am to 11am
  • Pakawau: 1pm to 3pm

Friday 22 October: Takaka

  • Golden Bay Community Health Centre, Takaka (10 Central Takaka Rd)
  • 9.30am to 2.30pm
  • drive-through clinic. You can come on foot or by bike also.
  • no appointments needed. But if you'd like to make an appointment phone: 03 525 0060
  • anyone having their vaccine on the day will go into the draw to win one of two $100 grocery vouchers
  • spot prizes will be awarded also - food and hardware store vouchers

Saturday 23 October: Collingwood

  • Collingwood Health Centre carpark (Lewis St)
  • 9.30am to 2.30pm
  • drive-through clinic. You can come on foot or by bike also.
  • no appointments needed. But if you'd like to make an appointment phone: 03 525 0060
  • anyone having their vaccine on the day will go into the draw to win one of two $100 grocery vouchers
  • spot prizes will be awarded also - food and hardware store vouchers

 

Many GPs (doctors) and pharmacies are offering free vaccination, by appointment. Some pharmacies are also offering walk-ins also (no appointments needed).

Anyone aged 12-18 who gets a vaccine between 1 March and 26 October 2021 goes into the draw to win one of: 4 iPhones, 6 iPads and 60 $50 data top-up cards. See the section on this webpage for details.

To find out which GPs and pharmacies are vaccinating:

Kaupapa Māori clinics

Te Piki Oranga offer a range of free kaupapa Māori clinics. Their nurses and vaccinators are also available to discuss vaccination with you and answer any of your questions.

 A clinic schedule and contact details are available on the Te Piki Oranga website here.

 Anyone aged 12-18 who gets a vaccine between 1 March and 26 October 2021 goes into the draw to win one of: 4 iPhones, 6 iPads and 60 $50 data top-up cards. See the section on this webpage for details.

Nelson Marlborough Health is running a competition to encourage young people to consider vaccination. 

We know from national survey data* that the majority of people who have not yet been vaccinated either intend to do so, or are likely to do so. But they may not have found the time to read about vaccination, ask the questions they need to, or to talk to a qualified person. 

Anyone who goes any of our vaccination clinics can talk to a nurse and ask questions. Or they can talk to their own GP, practice nurse, iwi healthcare provider or Healthline. The competition aims to encourage young people to take that step if they need to.

Prize draw details

Anyone aged 12-18 who has had a vaccine (either first or second) before 26 October goes into the draw to win one of the following items

  • an iPhone (four in total to be won)
  • an iPad (six in total to be won)
  • a $50 data top-up card (60 in total to be won)

Eligibility factors:

  • all people aged 12-18 at the time of their vaccination
  • vaccination must be done in the Nelson, Tasman or Marlborough region
  • vaccination must have occurred in the period 1 March 2021 to 26 October 2021

How the prizes will be drawn

  • the draw will be conducted randomly and independently by a Nelson Marlborough Health Intelligence Analyst using data from the COVID-19 Immunisation Register
  • winners will be contacted by phone/email to arrange shipping or pick up of their prize
  • the winner may be asked to contribute to media coverage/promotion once their prize is drawn. Any such participation is completely voluntary.

* Survey results are available from the Ministry of Health here

About vaccination and the vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination doses: Totals since 1 March 2021 

As at 5 October 2021: More than 190,000 total doses have been provided in the Nelson Marlborough region.

Further vaccination data can be found on the Ministry of Health's website.

 

COVID-19 testing data

COVID-19 testing data is available here.

It's normal to have lots of questions, or concerns, about vaccination.

  • you could talk to your GP (doctor), practice nurse or iwi healthcare provider
  • you could phone Healthline to speak to a healthcare professional also: 0800 358 5453
  • you could also go online. The Ministry of Health, Karawhiua and Unite Against COVID-19 websites have lots of useful information, in FAQ format, with videos, and links to more in-depth information.

This webpage includes answers to the following questions:

  • How was the vaccine made so quickly?
  • Should I get vaccinated if I'm pregnant?
  • Does it work against Delta?
  • Is it safe for children?
  • Will I get side effects?
  • Can I get a different vaccine?
  • Will the vaccine stop transmission?

This webpage features more in-depth information about:

  • side effects
  • allergic reactions
  • adverse events
  • where to find reports of adverse events in NZ

 

 

The Pfizer vaccine is an mRNA-based (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine, and is given in two doses about three to six weeks apart.

The vaccine works like other vaccines. It teaches the immune system to recognise and fight the virus.

It can’t give you the disease because it does not contain the virus, or a dead or inactivated virus, or anything that can affect our DNA. The vaccine is gone completely from your body within a few days, leaving your immune system ready for action if COVID-19 comes near you.

Watch a 30-second video about how the vaccine works here.

Watch an animated video about why the vaccine is important here.

The Ministry of Health website has more information about:

  • how the vaccine works
  • how the vaccine is given
  • why you need two doses 
  • new strains of the virus
  • vaccine ingredients

Like all medicines, COVID-19 vaccines may cause side effects in some people. This is the body’s normal response and shows the vaccine is working.

The most common reported reactions of the Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine are:

  • pain at the injection site
  • a headache
  • feeling tired or fatigued
  • muscle aches
  • feeling generally unwell
  • chills
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • nausea.

These are usually mild and won't stop you from having the second dose or going about your daily life. 

Find out about side effects and what to do if you experience them.

Safety monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines and reporting of side effects

The safety of all medicines approved for use in New Zealand is checked by the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe). Medsafe will continually review any COVID-19 vaccines being used and take appropriate action if any risks are identified.

Read more about how vaccine safety is monitored and how side effects are reported.

This image link takes you through to the COVID-19 Book My Vaccine website