Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. It’s one way we can fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the welfare and wellbeing of our communities.
By having the vaccine you’ll be playing your part to the community. The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you, and your family. It will save lives.
Vaccines work by teaching the body’s immune system to respond quickly to infection without being exposed to the infection itself.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is known as a ‘messenger RNA’ vaccine. These vaccines don’t use virus cells at all – instead, they contain a piece of RNA code that essentially teaches your body to recognise the virus. It can respond straight away if you get infected.
The vaccine won’t give you COVID-19 or affect your DNA
It will not give you COVID-19 and it will not affect your DNA or genes. It does not contain any live virus, dead or deactivated virus.
Get a free vaccine
Contact us to see if you qualify for a free COVID-19 vaccination. Any information we collect will not be used for immigration purposes.
It will not be mandatory for the general public. You can choose whether to get vaccinated.