Covid-19 Vaccination Programme @ Lakes DHB

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in the Lakes DHB area

This Saturday 16 October is Super Saturday, our big, nationwide push for vaccination.  With the number of vaccination sites we have operating on Saturday 16 October, it will be super easy to get vaccinated.

It’s never been more urgent to get New Zealand vaccinated. 

Summer’s only two months away and we need everyone to book their first vaccine appointment now so they can get two doses and enjoy everything summer has to offer. 

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Please note, our COVID-19 immunisation hubs at Rotorua and Taupo are open for business and are operating under Level 2 guidelines.


Please note, you do not need an appointment to be vaccinated at our hubs. Just walk in during the opening hours listed above and we will fit you in.


Our COVID-19 immunisation hubs at Rotorua and Taupo have made some changes in line with Alert Level Changes, to ensure the safety of people being vaccinated and our staff.

Key points:

• Before entering the immunisation hubs, our staff will be screening consumers for risk of exposure to COVID-19 and COVID-19 symptoms. This screening is critical to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 and maintain staff and consumer safety.
• Everyone coming into our hubs should at all times wear a face covering (their own or a medical mask provided).
• 2 metre physical distancing is required throughout the hub.
• We are restricting numbers of people coming into the building.
• Perspex/physical barriers between staff and consumers are in place. 


Free Covid-19 vaccinations now open to everyone 12 years and over

You can make a booking by ringing 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 you can make your booking online. Click on the link to go to 

When it’s time to get vaccinated

The time between doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been increased, with the standard time moved from three to six weeks between the first and second doses of the vaccine.  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 15 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 six weeks later.


Current main venues for immunising in Lakes DHB

In Rotorua our COVID9 immunisation hub is located in the Rotorua Central Mall, Amohau Street, next to Noel Leeming.

Our Rotorua hub is open 8.30am-4.30pm Tuesday, 7.30am-4.30pm Wednesday/Thursday/Friday and 8.30am-4.30pm Saturday.  The hub is closed Sunday/Monday.

At Taupo, the COVID-19 immunisation hub is located at Unit 6, 29 Totara Street.  Go left at the roundabout and the hub is located opposite the Taupo Hospice Shop.

The Taupo hub is open 8.30am-4.30 pm Tuesday to Saturday.  The hub is closed Sunday/Monday.

In Turangi vaccinations are available via Pihanga Health.

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, you do not need an appointment to be vaccinated at our hubs.  Just walk in during the opening hours listed above and we will fit you in.

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: