Covid-19 Vaccination Programme @ Lakes DHB

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in the Lakes DHB area

Lakes DHB is continuing to make very good progress with COVID-19 immunisations within the Lakes district.

If you are in Group 3 and have not been contacted, please call the number below to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  Group 3 includes any people who are over 65, or people over 16 who have a relevant chronic medical condition. 


To make a booking ring the call centre on 0800 28 29 26. 


Be ready and have your NHI on hand when you book. Please provide staff with your name, contact phone, date of birth and National Health Index (NHI) number, if known. You’ll find your NHI number on a prescription or prescription receipt, x-ray or test result, or a letter from the hospital.

Or make your booking online.  Click on the link to go to


We're underway with Group 4 bookings


We opened bookings for the wider population rollout late in July, starting with people aged 60 plus.  From Friday 6 August New Zealanders aged 55 plus can now go to to make their vaccine appointments. 
The wider population is a big group of more than two million, so we're breaking it down by age bands.  We are using age bands because it’s simple and easy to understand.ey catch COVID-19.  

Remember, once you’re eligible to be vaccinated, you can book at any time. There’s no cut off and there’s enough vaccine for everyone.

When it’s time to get vaccinated

Step 1: Receiving an invitation
When you’re eligible, you’ll receive a letter from Book My Vaccine inviting you to book at We’ll follow up with an email and text.

Step 2: Make your booking
Once you’re received your invitation or when your age band is open, go to to book your appointments. If you’re unable to book online, you can ring the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days) and we’ll make the booking for you and answer any questions. Interpreters are available if you need them.

You can expect to wait for around six to eight weeks from the time you make your booking until your first vaccination. Depending on where and when you’d like to be vaccinated you might find an appointment earlier.

You’ll need to leave at least 21 days between your first and second dose.

Step 3: Get your vaccination
We’ll send you a reminder the day before each appointment. It’s very important to get two doses of the vaccine – this will give you the best protection.


What happens at your vaccination appointment? 


A healthcare worker will do a health check with you prior to immunisation and give you some standard information. You will have time to ask any questions. You will only be vaccinated if you agree.


Then the healthcare worker will inject the vaccine into your upper arm. You’ll need to stay for 20 minutes after to check that you’re ok and they may ask you about side effects. Once the healthcare worker says you’re fine, you can leave and carry on with your day.

You will be given an appointment time and asked to get your second dose of the vaccine three weeks later. A longer wait is okay, but you get much better protection against COVID-19 after receiving two doses of the vaccine.


Current main venues for immunising in Lakes DHB

In Rotorua our COVID-19 immunisation hub is located in the Rotorua Central Mall, Amohau Street, next to Noel Leeming. Our Rotorua hub is open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-4.30pm.

At Taupo, the COVID-19 immunisation hub is located at Unit 6, 29 Totara Street, across from the Taupo Hospice Shop. The Taupo hub is open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-4.30pm..

In Turangi we are vaccinating during July and August from premises at 14 Katopu St, Turangi.

In Mangakino, immunisations will be offered via primary care premises. Our teams will be concentrated in Rotorua and Taupo and will outreach to smaller communities and work in collaboration with local health providers.  

Please note, Lakes DHB is NOT offering walk in clinics.


COVID-19 vaccination advice for pregnant women

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that pregnant women are offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy.

Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss the decision in relation to timing of vaccination with their health professional.  For more information please click here


COVID-19 vaccination advice for people with disabilities


See the links below for easy to read information: