COVID-19 immunisations for children

Protect your tamariki aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with a child (paediatric) formulation of the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Find a clinic below that is delivering COVID-19 immunisations for children. 
  • Tamariki need two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected, given at least 8 weeks apart. The interval can be shortened to a minimum of 21 days if needed, for example if your child is starting significant immunosuppression treatment.
  • A parent, caregiver or legal guardian will need to accompany your child to their appointment(s) as the responsible adult and provide consent for them to be immunised.
COVID-19 immunisations for children

Clinics for Canterbury

Go to BookMyVaccine.nz to make an appointment to avoid a potential wait or check if your usual health provider is listed below.

Clinic Name Phone Address Location Booking Details
Akaroa Health Centre 03 304 7004 2 Aylmers Valley Road Akaroa Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Amberley Medical Centre  03 314 8504 6 Hilton Drive, Amberley 7410 Hurunui Phone to book
Amuri Community Health Centre 03 315 6328 40 Wilkin Street, Rotherham Hurunui Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Barrington Hub at Barrington Mall  0800 28 29 26 256 Barrington Street, Spreydon Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Burwood Pharmacy 0800 28 29 26 11 Parnwell Street, Burwood Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Casebrook Surgery 03 359 4549 1/118A Claridges Road, Casebrook Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Cashmere Health 03 332 1351 91 Centaurus Road, Cashmere Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Cheviot Community Health Centre 03 319 8630 6 Robinson Street, Cheviot Hurunui Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Doctors on Riccarton 03 348 8989 183 Riccarton Road, Riccarton Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Eastfield Health 03 308 1212 135 Tancred Street, Ashburton Ashburton Phone to book
Etu Pasifika 0800 38 84 34 31 Tuam Street, Christchurch Central City  Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Ferry Road Medical 03 381 0551 276 Ferry Road, Waltham Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Hanmer Springs Health Centre 03 315 7503 59 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs Hurunui Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Hardings Chemist and Post 0800 28 29 26 135 Colombo Street, Sydenham Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Hei Hei Pharmacy 03 344 2440 34 Wycola Avenue, Hei Hei Christchurch Phone to book
Kaikōura Healthcare 03 319 3501 25 Deal Street, Kaikōura Kaikōura Phone to book
 Kendal Medical Centre 03 358 8266 66 Kendal Avenue, Burnside Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Ki te Tihi Hapori Hauora at Eastgate 0800 28 29 26 Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley Road, Linwood Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Life Pharmacy Ashburton 0800 28 29 26 262 East Street, Ashburton Ashburton BookMyVaccine.nz
Life Pharmacy Rangiora 0800 28 29 26  172-176 High Street, Rangiora Waimakariri BookMyVaccine.nz
Local Doctors Eastcare Health 03 388 8800 283 Breezes Road, Aranui Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Lyttelton Pharmacy & Post Centre 0800 28 29 26 19 London Street, Lyttelton Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Main North Road Medical 03 352 6152 102 Main North Road, Papanui Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Māui Clinic @ South City 0800 628 4829 Shop 15, 555 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
 Moore Street Medical Centre  03 308 3066  254 Moore Street, Ashburton  Ashburton  Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Ngā Hau e Whā Marae 0800 28 29 26 250 Pages Road, Wainoni Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Normans Road Surgery 03 355 8262 3 Normans Road, Strowan Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
Oxford Community Health Centre 03 312 4195 39 Park Avenue, Oxford Waimakariri Vaccinating enrolled patients only
 Pharmacy Xtra  0800 28 29 26  Cnr Madras Street & Moorhouse Ave  Christchurch  BookMyVaccine.nz
Rakaia Medical Centre 03 303 5002 30 Elizabeth Street, Rakaia Selwyn Phone to book
Sumner Health Centre03 326 628835 Nayland Street, SumnerChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only
 The Christchurch Doctors03 599 9120124 Hereford Street Christchurch Vaccinating enrolled patients only
 The Hub Hornby0800 28 29 26Shop 104, 418 Main South Road, HornbyChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz
Unichem Bealey Ave0800 28 29 26212 Bealey Ave, ChristchurchChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz
Unichem Brighton Village Pharmacy0800 28 29 26183 Shaw Avenue, New BrightonChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz
Unichem Crisps Pharmacy0800 28 29 26283 Wairakei Road, Bryndwr Christchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Unichem Medical Corner Pharmacy0800 28 29 26237 High Street, RangioraWaimakariri BookMyVaccine.nz
Unichem Rolleston Central Pharmacy0800 28 29 269 Masefield Drive, RollestonSelwyn BookMyVaccine.nz
Unichem Wigram Pharmacy0800 28 29 26102 The Runway, WigramChristchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Village Health Lincoln Road0800 28 29 2630 Lincoln Road, HillmortonChristchurch BookMyVaccine.nz
Waikari Health Centre03 314 4506100 Prince Street, WaikariHurunuiVaccinating enrolled patients only

Last updated: 10 November 2022

Clinics for West Coast

Check if your local Vaccinations clinic offers COVID-19 immunisations for children. 

Find a clinic on the West Coast delivering immunisations for children aged 5 to 1

Christchurch Mobile Clinics offering tamariki vaccinations

  • Tangata Atumotu clinics at local Pasifika churches – for queries or bookings, call 0800 PASIFIKA (0800 727 434)
  • Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust Kaupapa Māori Rapuora Mobile Vaccination Clinics at community venues – for queries or bookings, call 0800 TP MOBILE (0800 876 624)

FAQs

Why should tamariki aged 5-11 get vaccinated? 

Getting immunised against COVID-19 provides an extra layer of protection for tamariki.  

Immunisation is an important way we keep tamariki safe, like being sun smart or wearing a seatbelt.

It protects your tamariki from many serious diseases and stops disease spreading within your whānau and the community. In Aotearoa, children get free vaccinations against 12 diseases, including whooping cough (pertussis), measles and polio.

Is it safe for tamariki  to get the COVID-19 immunisation?   

The Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds has been through clinical trials with this age group. In general, the side effects that were reported were mild, didn’t last long, and were similar to side effects from other routine vaccines.

The vaccine is recommended for tamariki with food allergies. Unlike some other vaccines, there is no food, gelatin or latex in the Pfizer vaccine.

The only reason that someone may not be able to have this vaccine due to allergy is if they have had a severe allergic response (anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of the Pfizer vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. The child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine has gone through the same rigorous approval process as other routine childhood vaccines. No clinical trials were skipped and no corners were cut in the testing of its safety.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old. Medsafe only grants approval for a vaccine or medicine once it is satisfied that it has met internationally-agreed criteria for quality, safety and efficacy.

Cabinet has now approved the decision to use the paediatric vaccine for this cohort following advice from the Ministry of Health with guidance from the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group (CV TAG).  A group of New Zealand paediatricians including leading Māori and Pacific clinicians were consulted by CV-TAG to prepare this guidance.

The FDA in the United States and the TGA in Australia have also granted provisional approval or emergency use authorisation for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds. The vaccine is currently being rolled out in the United States to this age group.

Is there a difference in how the vaccine is administered for tamariki? 

The vaccine used for tamariki is a children’s version of the Pfizer vaccine, with a lower dose and smaller volume. Tamariki aged 5-11 will receive about a third of the dose offered to those 12 and older – 10 micrograms compared to the 30 micrograms that adults and teens receive. 

Tamariki need two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected. It is recommended that these are given at least 8 weeks apart. The interval can be shortened to a minimum of 21 days if needed, for example if your child is starting significant immunosuppression treatment.

The smaller dose is given with smaller needles to make it easier for vaccinators to administer the vaccine to younger kids. 

Preparing your tamariki for vaccination

  1. Provide encouragement to help your tamariki feel relaxed
  2. Make sure they have had something to eat and drink
  3. Check they’re wearing clothes that make it easy to see and access their upper arm.

If they’re a little nervous, they’re welcome to take something to the appointment that will distract them, like a soft toy or phone.

If your tamariki have had previous reactions to immunisations, let your vaccinator know, speak to your whānau doctor prior to the appointment, or talk to a trained advisor on the COVID Vaccination Healthline – 0800 28 29 26.

Consent

A parent, caregiver or legal guardian will need to accompany your child to their appointment(s) as the responsible adult and provide consent for them to be immunised.

At the appointment both the adult and child can ask as many questions as they like.

Side effects

As with any immunisation, your child is likely to have a sore arm and get redness, pain or swelling at the injection site. Other reactions that can occur, usually within one or two days, include:

  • headache
  • a fever (feeling hot)
  • nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, diarrhoea
  • fatigue
  • general discomfort (feeling unwell, aches and pains).

These are common and show that the vaccine is working. Encouraging rest and offering plenty of fluids will help.

Severe reactions to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are very rare and usually occur straight away after the vaccination. For this reason, you and your child will be put in an observation area for monitoring by clinical staff to ensure they receive any medical treatment if this occurs.

Signs of severe allergic reaction can include:

  • difficulty breathing 
  • swelling of the face and throat
  • a fast heartbeat 
  • a bad rash all over the body 
  • dizziness and weakness

If you notice your child experiencing any of these symptoms let clinical staff know immediately. If you are not at a vaccination site call 111.

Myocarditis and pericarditis are very rare but serious side effects of the Pfizer vaccine. In the clinical trials no cases were seen in children aged 5 to 11 years old, however it is important to be aware of the symptoms for all ages who are vaccinated. If your child has any of the following symptoms in the days or weeks after being vaccinated, get medical help right away. 

Symptoms of Myocarditis and Pericarditis:

  • discomfort, heaviness, tightness or pain in their chest
  • difficulty breathing
  • feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart
  • feeling faint, light-headed or dizzy

Tamariki with disabilities

The disability team is available Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm. They will support your whānau and can book an immunisation appointment for you. They can answer any questions you may have about your child’s needs including accessibility, free transport options, or any effects the vaccine may have on your child.

More information

For more information and links to research, visit health.govt.nz/CovidVaccineKids, Karawhiua, Ministry for Pacific Peoples and https://covid19.govt.nz/

Have questions about the vaccine? Talk to a trained advisor on the COVID Vaccination Healthline – 0800 28 29 26 – between 8am–8pm, 7 days a week. 

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