COVID-19 immunisations for children

From 17 January, parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to protect their tamariki aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with a child (paediatric) formulation of the Pfizer vaccine.

  • The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children aged 5- to 11-year-olds in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Find a clinic below that is delivering COVID-19 immunisations for children. 
  • 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.
  • 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

Please note the various clinics' start date for delivering COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 and over. More clinics are coming on board in the coming weeks. Go to BookMyVaccine.nz to make an appointment to avoid a potential wait or check if your usual health provider is listed below.

Clinic NamePhoneAddressLocationBookingVaccination start date
(for 5-11 y/o)
Amuri Community Health Centre03 315 632840 Wilkin Street, RotherhamHurunuiVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Barrington Hub at Barrington Mall0800 28 29 26256 Barrington Street, SpreydonChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Burnside Medical Centre0800 28 29 26368 Wairakei Road, BurnsideChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Doctors on Riccarton03 348 8989183 Riccarton Road, RiccartonChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Durham Health0800 28 29 2615 Durham Street, RangioraRangioraBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Eastfield Health0800 28 29 26135 Tancred Street, AshburtonAshburtonBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Ferry Road Medical03 381 0551276 Ferry Road, PhillipstownChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Hanmer Springs Health Centre03 315 750359 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer SpringsHurunuiVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Ngā Hau e Whā Marae0800 28 29 26250 Pages Road, WainoniChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Promed Doctors03 379 1112115 Sherborne Street, St AlbansChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Riccarton Clinic Urgent Care – Brake Street0800 28 29 2620 Brake Street, Upper RiccartonChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Rolleston Central Health03 347 2614Shop 4, 9 Masefield Drive, RollestonSelwynVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Selwyn Village Healthcare0800 28 29 26314 Selwyn Street, SpreydonChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
St Albans Medical Centre03 355 9119250 Springfield Road, St AlbansChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
The Christchurch Doctors03 366 3391124 Hereford StreetChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Unichem Medical Corner Pharmacy0800 28 29 26237 High Street, RangioraRangioraBookMyVaccine.nz17-Jan-22
Upper Riccarton Medical Centre03 348 3074318 Riccarton Road, Upper RiccartonChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Village Health Lincoln Road03 338 859530 Lincoln Road, SpreydonChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only17-Jan-22
Belfast North MEDIQUAL Doctors03 323 67893b 812 Main North Road, BelfastChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only18-Jan-22
Halswell Health0800 28 29 2653 Caulfield Avenue, HalswellChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz18-Jan-22
Inspire Health Medical Practice0800 28 29 261 Filly Place, YaldhurstChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only18-Jan-22
Māui Clinic @ South City0800 28 29 26Shop 15, 555 Colombo Street, Christchurch CentralChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz18-Jan-22
Three Rivers Health0800 28 29 267-11 Allens Rd, AllentonAshburtonBookMyVaccine.nz18-Jan-22
St Martins Medical Practice03 337 099179 Wilsons Road, St MartinsChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only18-Jan-22
Waimairi Road Medical Centre03 358 5535215 Waimairi Road, IlamChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only18-Jan-22
Akaroa Health Limited03 304 70042 Aylmers Valley RoadAkaroaVaccinating enrolled patients only19-Jan-22
Cheviot Community Health Centre03 319 86306 Robinson Street, CheviotHurunuiVaccinating enrolled patients only19-Jan-22
Kaiapoi Family Doctors0800 28 29 2642 Charles Street, KaiapoiWaimakaririVaccinating enrolled patients only19-Jan-22
The Doctors Christchurch South03 332 0108163 Colombo Street, SydenhamChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only19-Jan-22
Waikari Health Centre03 314 4506100 Prince Street, WaikariHurunuiVaccinating enrolled patients only20-Jan-22
Etu Pasifika0800 38 84 34173 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central CityChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only20-Jan-22
Pegasus Medical Centre0800 28 29 2652 Pegasus Main Street, PegasusWaimakaririVaccinating enrolled patients only20-Jan-22
Kaikōura Healthcare0800 28 29 2625 Deal Street, KaikouraKaikouraVaccinating enrolled patients only20-Jan-22
Amberley Medical Centre03-314 85046 Hilton Drive, Amberley 7410ChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only21-Jan-22
Belfast Medical Centre03-323 80638 Richill Street, Belfast, Canterbury 8051 Vaccinating enrolled patients only21-Jan-22
Christchurch Arena Drive-through0800 28 29 26Wrights Road entrance, AddingtonChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz22-Jan-22
Shirley Medical Centre03 385 314911 Marshland Road, ShirleyChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only22-Jan-22
Cashmere Health03 332 135191 Centaurus Road, HuntsburyChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only24-Jan-22
Grahams Road Medical Practice03 358 352676 Grahams Road, BurnsideChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only24-Jan-22
Mansfield Health Practice03 355 2344206A Papanui Road, MerivaleChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only24-Jan-22
Main North Road Medical03 352 6152102 Main North Road PapanuiChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only24-Jan-22
Pharmacy Xtra0800 28 29 26Cnr Madras Street & Moorhouse AveChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz24-Jan-22
Straven Medical03 348 574912 Straven Road, RiccartonChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only24-Jan-22
Travis Medical Centre03 388 9686225 Travis Road, North New BrightonChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only24-Jan-22
Unichem Rolleston Central Pharmacy0800 28 29 269 Masefield Drive, RollestonSelwynBookMyVaccine.nz25-Jan-22
Healthworks Pharmacy0800 28 29 26108 Memorial Avenue, BurnsideChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz25-Jan-22
Orchard Rd Vaccination Hub0800 28 29 26100D Orchard Road, HarewoodChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz25-Jan-22
Unichem Bealey Ave0800 28 29 26212 Bealey AvenueChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz25-Jan-22
Local Doctors Eastcare Health03 388 8800283 Breezes Rd, AranuiChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only26-Jan-22
New Brighton Health Care03 388 758222 Union Street, New BrightonChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only26-Jan-22
Te Aranga Community Health03 599912056 Portsmouth Street, AranuiChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only26-Jan-22
Bishopdale Medical Clinic03 359 85911 Eastling Street, BishopdaleChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only27-Jan-22
Casebrook Surgery0800 28 29 261/118A Claridges Road, CasebrookChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz27-Jan-22
Lyttelton – The LOONS Club0800 28 29 2616 Canterbury Steet, LytteltonChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz27-Jan-22
Unichem Crisps Pharmacy0800 28 29 26283 Wairakei Road, BryndwrChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz27-Jan-22
Hei Hei Pharmacy03 344 2440Hei Hei PharmacyChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only28-Jan-22
Oxford Community Health Centre03 312 419539 Park Avenue, OxfordWaimakaririVaccinating enrolled patients only29-Jan-22
North Avon Medical Centre03 389 665530 North Avon Road, RichmondChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only31-Jan-22
Waltham Medical Centre03 366 153683 Waltham road, SydenhamChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only31-Jan-22
Kendal Medical Centre03 358 826666 Kendal Avenue, BurnsideChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only1-Feb-22
Burwood Health03 383 0219345 Mairehau Road, ParklandsChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only2-Feb-22
Hillmed Health Ltd0800 28 29 261/7 Halswell Road, Hoon HayChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz7-Feb-22
Phoenix Healthcare Group Limited0800 28 29 26Unit 8 & 9, 166 Moorehouse AvenueChristchurchBookMyVaccine.nz7-Feb-22
Tinwald Medical Centre (War Memorial Hall)0800 28 29 2633 Archibald Street, AshburtonAshburtonBookMyVaccine.nz9-Feb-22
Local Doctors Eastcare Health03 388 8800283 Breezes Rd, AranuiChristchurchVaccinating enrolled patients only26-Jan-22

Last updated: 25 Jan 2022

Clinics for West Coast

Not all vaccinations sites will offer COVID-19 immunisations for children. 

Find a clinic on the West Coast delivering immunisations for children aged 5 to 11

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 aged 5-11 to get the COVID-19 immunisation?   

The Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds has been through clinical trials with tamariki in 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 dosing 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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