Covid Vaccination in the Rotorua and Taupō districts

Important information about Covid-19 vaccination

Many Rotorua and Taupō vaccination sites are now taking walk-ins. The ability to vaccinate walk-ins will depend on bookings on the day, so to guarantee a slot book online at or phone 0800 28 29 26.

You can visit a range of places across Rotorua and Taupō districts to get vaccinated.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you and your whānau to protect yourselves.

If you're waiting for COVID-19 test results and you are symptom-free, you can still be vaccinated. Our community and pop-up vaccination sites are all taking drop-ins.

Novavax vaccine

Novavax is now available to anyone aged 18 years and over, who has not been fully vaccinated and wants a different COVID-19 vaccine option.

Novavax is only available at the Te Whatu Ora Lakes Covid-19 centres in Rotorua and Taupō.

Novavax is the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in New Zealand. It requires two doses to be considered fully vaccinated. A three-week gap is recommended between the first and second dose.

Novavax is not currently available as a booster vaccine.

A prescription is required for anyone receiving Novavax as a second dose, if their first dose was a COVID-19 vaccine other than Novavax.

Click here for more information about Novavax.

Booster doses

Booster doses will now be available for anyone aged 18 and over, who had their second vaccination three months ago. Getting your booster will give you and your whānau greater protection from COVID-19, including Omicron.

Most vaccination sites are taking walk-ins and people can book an appointment with the COVID Vaccination Healthline team on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) or people can book boosters online at Book My Vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine is the main vaccine being used in New Zealand for boosters, even if you had a different vaccine for your earlier doses.

Click here to find out more about booster doses.

COVID-19 vaccination and children

Parents and caregivers in the Rotorua and Taupō districts have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years is a child specific vaccine. It's different to the adult version. It's only one third of the dose.

In the Rotorua and Taupō districts there are a variety of places, including GPs, pharmacies and our Te Whatu Ora Lakes vaccination centres offering the child specific vaccine.

COVID-19 generally has mild effects in children and is rarely severe or fatal.

Children and young people who have COVID-19 will commonly have no symptoms or only mild respiratory symptoms, similar to a cold.

However, some can become very sick and require hospitalisation.

Click here to learn more about the effects of COVID-19

Like adults, if your tamariki or rangatahi are infected with the COVID-19 virus they may transmit the virus to other people.

The Ministry of Health recommends vaccinations for children and young people to keep them safe and help protect your whānau and community from COVID-19.

Government confirms COVID-19 vaccinations to protect tamariki

Click here to find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for our tamariki.


People aged 18 and older can now access the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a small number of locations in the Rotorua and Taupō districts.

AstraZeneca is for people who can’t have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons and for those who would like an option other than the Pfizer vaccine.

You will need to book in advance for your AstraZeneca vaccination, either on Book My Vaccine or by calling 0800 282 926.

AstraZeneca is free and will be available at a limited number of sites across the country as Pfizer is the main COVID-19 vaccine we are using in New Zealand.

An AstraZeneca booster is also available at least 4 months after the second dose and requires a prescription.

You can get a prescription at the vaccinating AstraZeneca clinic or prior to your appointment with your preferred GP. Visits to GPs for a prescription for an AstraZeneca booster are free.

Click here to find out more about AstraZeneca.

Key information

  • Everyone aged over 12 can now book their free vaccination.
  • Children aged 5 to 11 are able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Most vaccination sites are taking walk-ins if they have free slots.
  • Find out where to get vaccinated at Healthpoint.
  • Book online at or by calling 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days).
  • By getting vaccinated you’ll be protecting yourself and playing your part to protect New Zealand. It will save lives and help us to further open up the country. There will be some things you can't do if you haven't been vaccinated.
  • Please continue to be safe. Being vaccinated does not mean you stop practising COVID-19 health measures such as staying home if you are sick, washing or sanitising hands, wearing a mask on public transport, covering coughs and sneezes, using the COVID tracer app and Bluetooth, wiping down commonly used surfaces, and getting a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Members of the public can now get a My Vaccine Pass – for use in New Zealand – or an International Travel Vaccination Certificate through the My Covid Record website:

For nationwide information, visit the official COVID-19 website.