We are currently vaccinating Group 2 and have started to vaccinate Group 3

The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is the biggest single logistical exercise our health system has ever tackled, and we know Taranaki residents will do their part to make it a success. We're following the national sequencing framework to deliver an equitable, safe and effective vaccination roll-out that protects the most vulnerable in our communities first. Because every region is different, some areas may be at a different stage in the framework to Taranaki. There is no need for concern – every person aged 16 and over in Taranaki will be invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. There is enough vaccine for everyone.

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Now vaccinating…
We are currently vaccinating Group 2. You are in this group if you:

  • are a high-risk frontline healthcare or disability worker
  • work in a long-term residential environment
  • live in long-term residential care
  • are an older Māori or Pacific person being cared for by whānau

We have started to vaccinate those in Group 3. You are in this group if you:

  • are aged 65 years or older
  • aged 16 and over and have a relevant underlying health condition, which includes:
    • anyone with an eligible condition for the publicly-funded influenza vaccine
    • those with severe obesity
    • those with poorly controlled or severe hypertension and,
    • people diagnosed with a severe mental illness (which includes schizophrenia, bipolar and adults accessing secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services).
  • have a disability
  • are pregnant
  • are an adult in a custodial setting

Group 4 vaccine rollout

  • Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 16 and over will be able to be vaccinated by the end of this year
  • We are starting our general population rollout from July 28
  • It’s a big group, so we will break it down by age bands - starting with people aged 60 and over and then, from August 11, people aged 55 and over
  • We are using age bands because it’s simple and easy to understand, we are starting with older people first because they are more at risk if they catch COVID-19
  • Depending on vaccine supply and progress with other age groups, invitations will open up to people aged 45 and over from mid to late August, mid to late September for people aged 35 and over, with everyone else being eligible from October
  • By getting vaccinated you’ll be playing your part to protect New Zealand. It will save lives and help us to further open up the country

Getting your vaccine »

Get tested in Taranaki

If you’ve been to one of the locations of interest during the timeframes listed and you are feeling unwell, please get tested. We advise people to call or text the testing clinics first. If you’ve been referred to the testing clinics from your doctor/GP please go home and wait for clinic staff to contact you with a test appointment time. We ask you not to show up without an appointment, as this will help us manage the waiting times better.

Find out about getting tested »

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For COVID-19 vaccine enquiries email


COVID-19 Healthline number

0800 358 5453