Booking a vaccination appointment
Contact your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider to book a vaccination appointment. Some vaccinations are also available through pharmacies, school programmes, Māori and Pacific health providers, and vaccination events.
On this page
- How to book through your usual doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider
– If your child is not enrolled with a doctor
- Vaccination sites anyone can access
- Online and over the phone bookings for flu and COVID-19 vaccines
- School-based immunisations
- Pharmacy immunisations
- If you need extra support
– Chat to the disability team
- Talk to someone about immunisations
- Alternate formats: Getting a vaccine
How to book through your usual doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider
Call your usual doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider to make a vaccination appointment. Plan at least 1 to 2 weeks ahead so you can get a time and date that works best for you and your whānau.
If you’re unable to call, check your health provider’s website for other options to make an appointment.
When you get in touch, ask for a vaccination appointment for either yourself or your child. You’ll need to provide the name and date of birth of the person being immunised. The provider will know what immunisations are needed as they can look this up on the National Immunisation Register. While you’re on the phone, it’s a good time to check your contact details are up to date.
Preparing for your appointment
What to do if you need to change an appointment
If you’re unwell on the day of the appointment
If your child is not enrolled with a doctor
Enrolment is free for all children under 14.
To enrol you’ll need to call your local a doctor or heathcare provider and ask if they’re enrolling new patients.If you’re not sure who the health providers are in your area, you can search the Healthpoint website. As well as letting you know if a doctor is taking new patients, Healthpoint has contact details so you can call and discuss enrolling your child or other whānau.
Find a doctor in your area – Healthpoint
If you need help with enrolment, your midwife, the hospital, or your Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse can help you enrol your child with a doctor, or to access immunisations through another healthcare provider.
If you cannot find a doctor to enroll your child, call:
- Healthline any time on 0800 611 116 (translators are available), or
- PlunketLine any time on 0800 933 922.
They can help connect you with a local immunisation service.
Vaccination sites anyone can access
Healthpoint has a list and map of vaccination sites that anyone can access. This includes pharmacies and doctors that take casual (not enrolled patients).
Vaccination sites that anyone can access – Healthpoint
Childhood immunisation sites that anyone can access – Healthpoint
Online and over the phone bookings for flu and COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 and flu immunisations can be booked:
- online through Book My Vaccine, or
- over the phone by calling 0800 28 29 26 – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
Public health teams visit participating schools to immunise students – usually in Year 7 or Year 8. Information and consent forms will be provided by your child’s school.
If your child has missed a school vaccination, contact your school to see if there is a catch-up vaccination day.
If your school is not offering immunisations, or your child has missed out for any other reason, they can easily catch up with a visit to your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider. This is also an option if you would like to be with your child when they get their vaccination.
Adults, older children, and teenagers may be able to get some vaccinations at pharmacies including:
- measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough (Boostrix)
Contact your local pharmacy to see what immunisations they offer and if you need to book an appointment. Before booking, check to see if there is a cost involved.
Healthpoint has a list of pharmacies in your area and their contact details.
Find a pharmacy offering immunisations your area – Healthpoint
If you need extra support
When you make an appointment, make sure you let the team know if you, or your tamariki, might need some extra help.
They may be able to help by:
- providing a space away from other people
- supporting you with other tamariki you bring to the appointment
- accessibility arrangements and mobility assistance
- arranging for a home visit (this may be through another health service).
Chat to the disability team
We have a dedicated disability team you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Call 0800 11 12 13 (24 hours, every day)
- Text 8988 for free
- Email: email@example.com
A person with experience or knowledge of disability will answer your call from 8am to 8pm. After 8pm, calls are answered by a trained member of the Healthline team.
You can ask them questions about:
- accessibility at different vaccination sites
- getting vaccinations safely
- home vaccinations for you or your tamariki.
Talk to someone about immunisations
If you have any questions and would like to talk to someone about your, or your child’s, immunisations you can:
- talk to your doctor, nurse, trusted healthcare professional, lead maternity carer, or Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse
- call Healthline any time on 0800 611 116 (translators are available)
- call PlunketLine any time on 0800 933 922