Hawke's Bay COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Local update:

298,114 COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in Hawke’s Bay with 131,361 people completing both doses. 28,935 booster vaccinations have also been given. Last week the region delivered 11,956 vaccinations.*

*Data to 16 January 2022. More information about the Hawke's Bay vaccination roll out can be found here 


Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds:

Parents and caregivers now have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine.

As we have seen to date, the virus can be unpredictable. While COVID-19 generally has milder effects in children, with symptoms similar to a cold, some children become severely ill and require hospitalisation.

In the most recent outbreak, 24% of cases have been aged 11 or under.

Like we have seen with adults, if your child is infected with COVID-19 they may transmit the virus to other people. Immunising 5 to 11-year-olds helps protect whānau members whose health makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Parents are encouraged to make an informed choice and have their children vaccinated to protect them and those they love.

More information about vaccinations for 5-11 year olds can be found here.


Shorter gap for booster vaccinations:

People aged 18 and over can now get a booster vaccination 4 months after their second dose. Booster vaccinations are available at all participating vaccination clinics. (See what’s on where above). 

You can go to a walk-in clinic or book an appointment to get a booster online through www.bookmyvaccine.nz

We encourage anyone who had their second vaccination more than 4 months ago to get their booster as soon as possible.

Booster vaccinations are free for anyone in New Zealand aged 18 or older. For more information about COVID-19 booster vaccinations click here.


Information about vaccines

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) is an mRNA vaccine that contains the genetic code for an important part of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus called the ‘spike protein’. Spike proteins are the little projections on the surface of the virus. Pfizer is the main vaccine used in NZ. 

mRNA vaccines do not contain any of the virus that causes COVID-19, or any other live, dead or deactivated viruses.

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm. You’ll need two doses, at least 3 weeks apart. Booster vaccinations are also available 4 months following your second dose. 

Read more about the Pfizer vaccine here.


AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is now available for people aged over 18 as an alternative option to the Pfizer.

  • AstraZeneca is a two dose viral vector vaccine with a 4-12 week gap between doses
  • There is no live SARS-CoV-2 virus in the vaccine
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine will only be available at a limited number of sites across the country as Pfizer is the main COVID-19 vaccine we are using in New Zealand
  • AstraZeneca could be suitable for those who cannot have the Pfizer vaccine (for medical reasons) or those who want another option
  • Bookings for the AstraZeneca can be made at www.bookmyvaccine.nz 
  • Pfizer vaccine is the recommended booster dose regardless of what vaccine was used for earlier doses in New Zealand or overseas. Anyone who has had a serious adverse reaction to a dose of the Pfizer vaccine should discuss options with their healthcare professional
  • Read the Ministry of Health's pamphlet about AstraZeneca vaccine here.

More information about the AstraZeneca vaccine is available here.


Information for severely immunocompromised people, including how to access a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

A third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended for severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and older. Individuals who are severely immunocompromised are at a higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 and might not produce a sufficiently strong immune response after two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. A third primary dose may be beneficial and can be administered at least eight weeks after the second dose. For more information please visit https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-health-advice/covid-19-vaccine-severely-immunocompromised-people  



Booking information

How to make (or manage) a booking:

Vaccinations are also available at some other general practices, local pharmacies, churches and marae, please see what's on where


Where can I get my vaccination?

Hawke’s Bay DHB has a number of options to make access to getting the vaccine as easy as possible. They include:

Hastings & Havelock North

  • DHB Super Clinic - Hastings Racecourse, 300 Prospect Road (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Hastings Health Centre (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Totara Health (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Te Mata Peak Practice (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Unichem Stortford Lodge (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Unichem Hastings (Bookings available through BookMyVaccine)
  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga (Book through BookMyVaccine or click here)
  • Unichem Russell Street (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Gilmours Havelock North (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Life Pharmacy Hastings (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • The Doctors Hastings (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Clive Medical Centre (Enrolled patients only. For bookings call 06 870 0402)
  • Bay Plaza Pharmacy (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • LDS Church Flaxmere drive-in (no booking needed see what's on where for times)

Napier & Taradale

  • DHB Super Clinic - The Taradale Club, 55 Wharerangi Road (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • The Doctors Napier (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • The Doctors Greenmeadows (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Taradale Medical Centre (phone 06 844 6831 to book)
  • Glenn's Pharmacy, Taradale (Click here or book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Marewa Pharmacy (Book through BookMyVaccine)
  • Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri. (For bookings click here)
  • Carlyle Medical Centre  (Enrolled patients only. For bookings call 06 835 3720)
  • Greendale Family Health Centre (Enrolled patients only. For bookings call 06 844 8071)
  • Whitmore Park drive-in (no booking needed see what's on where for times)
  • Pak 'n Save Napier drive-in (no booking needed see what's on where for times)
  • Pak 'n Save Tamatea drive-in (no booking needed see what's on where for times)
  • Unichem Greenmeadows (Bookings available through BookMyVaccine)
  • Balmoral Pharmacy (Call 06 835 4540 to book)
  • Maraenui Medical Centre (enrolled patients only ph 06 843 8010 to book) 
  • Westshore Pharmacy (Bookings available through BookMyVaccine)

Central Hawke's Bay

  • DHB Super Clinic - Waipawa Rugby Clubrooms, Coronation Park, Tikokino Road (Bookings available through BookMyVaccine)
  • Unichem Waipukurau (Phone 06 858 8060)
  • TukiTuki Medical Centre (Bookings available through BookMyVaccine)


  • Queen Street Practice - Wairoa Hospital, 24 Kitchener Street, Wairoa. (Bookings available through BookMyVaccine or call 06 838 8333)
  • Kahungunu Executive Wairoa - (for bookings click here)

He pātai? Questions?

If you have any queries about the COVID-19 vaccine visit www.covid19.govt.nz.