Covid 19

Covid 19 Information

Latest update 20/07/2022

A second booster is recommended for those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – a minimum of 6 months after your first booster.

People recommended to receive a second booster as a priority:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Māori and Pacific peoples aged 50 years and over
- Residents of aged care and disability care facilities
- Severely immunocompromised people who received a three-dose primary course and a fourth dose as a first booster - noting this would be a fifth dose for these people.

For the Ministry of Health guidelines and information Click Here

Latest update 07/04/2022                    

During these uncertain and difficult times, we're working with the medical community and partners to provide you with date information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).KHNZ will ensure the needs and concerns of patients are being heard, and that the information we bring you is up to date and backed by the clinical community. Kidney Health New Zealand has in partnership with ANZSN and the RSA written to the New Zealand Government to make them aware that kidney patients and their whanau or household contacts/papakainga are priority groups. For updated advice for people living with kidney disease and how to stay safe click here.

Kidney Health NZ supports the Covid-19 vaccine for New Zealanders living with kidney disease.It is best advised that you speak with your treating doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine and what will be best for your health.

Kidney patients organisations, kidney doctors, nurses and transplant teams around the world support the Covid-19 vaccine for people living with kidney disease. Click here to read the main reasons why.  For Covid-19 vaccine information A3 poster: Click here 

Third Vaccination Dose

On the 21th of October the Government have announced that a third Pfizer vaccination (not a booster) has been approved for severely immunocompromised people. This includes everyone 12 and over and is to ensure that you get the best possible protection. The third dose will be available, free of charge, through your GP or Specialist. If you think you qualify, we recommend getting in touch with your usual health provider. If your GP or specialist does not provide vaccination services, you will be given a script and consent form which you can take to your nearest vaccination clinic.. For consent form click here

The third dose is recommended to be given 8 weeks and prior 4 months after your second dose. To optimise your immune response it is recommended that your discuss your current health and/or treatment with your GP or specialist.

For more information and most asked Questions about the third pfizer vaccine please click here.


Booster vaccine doses are available since 29 November 2021, for anyone over 18 who has completed their primary vaccination course.

Pfizer booster interval shortened to 3 months

From Friday 4 February, those aged 18 and over, can receive a Pfizer booster 3 months (93 days) after completing their primary course to provide better protection against Omicron. The booster is now also available for 16-17 year from 7/4/2022 but 6 months from completion of their primary course

Bookings can be made by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 and or online

The booster is different to the third primary dose recommended for severely immunocompromised people( including dialysis patients).People eligible for a third primary dose can currently access a booster (fourth dose) 3 months after receiving their third primary dose. People can access a booster dose in the same way as any other dose and does not require a prescription

For more info click here.

 The latest information on booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for those with severe immunocompromise updated 10/01/22; click here

See our videos about Covid vaccination :

  • Interview with John Kearns click here
  • Interview with Sione Faitala click here
  • Interview with Mara Fisher click here

We also share with you the launch of the navigational tool, #CatchOn. This community-led app is to aid the process of making an informed decision on the national vaccination roll-out to defend ourselves against Covid-19.With thanks to Le Va.

To see the CatchOn app Click here

Karawhiua is for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.Karawhiua is led by Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry for Māori Development), co-delivered by Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) and supported by the Ministry of Health and the Unite Against COVID-19 teams.

To read more about the Karawhiua campaign click here.