Get your COVID-19 Vaccination at an Accessible Event

Everyone aged 5 years and over can now get their COVID-19 vaccination. Parents and caregivers can book for their children to get immunised against COVID-19. 

Booster doses are available to anyone aged 16 or older who have had their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

You can now get a booster three months after your second primary course of the Pfizer vaccine.

For people with a disability, impairment or long-term health condition we want to make sure that getting your COVID-19 vaccination is easy and accessible.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend your vaccination appointment or accessible event.

Find out more about Booster Dose

Find out more about immunisations for children

What are Accessible Events?

We organise vaccination days and times for people with disability, impairment or long-term health conditions. These days and times are specifically set up to be relaxed, welcoming, easy and have extra support in place to be accessible.

Accessible Events will have:

  • Longer appointment times
  • More space to move around
  • Information in large print and easy to read
  • Trained and friendly staff who are happy to talk with you and answer questions

We also have some more specific Accessible Events, including:

  • Events with New Zealand Sign Language interpreters
  • Events in low-sensory environments

You can get your vaccination at an Accessible Event if you:

  • Have a disability, impairment or long-term health condition, and
  • Are aged 5 and over

Your family, whānau and support workers are also welcome to get their vaccinations with you, but everyone will need separate bookings.

Families, whānau and support workers of children who have a disability, impairment or long term condition are also welcome to get vaccinated at Accessible Events. 

You can choose when and where to get your vaccination

If you are unable to come to an Accessible Event, you can book your vaccination appointments at a local vaccination centre or a participating GP or pharmacy. All of our vaccination centres are physically accessible, and our staff are working hard to make sure everyone has what they need to access their appointment and feel comfortable. Have a look at vaccination clinic options across Canterbury at our clinics page here vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-canterbury-west-coast/

You can go to www.bookmyvaccine.nz. You can also ring 0800 28 29 26 and press 2 to connect to the dedicated Disability Assist line.

If you are unable to drive to your vaccination appointment, we have transport options information here

At home vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccination home visits are available for people who experience significant barriers to getting vaccinated at existing clinics or events.

Some people will have needs that cannot be met at the existing vaccination sites. While there may be other reasons for home vaccinations, they usually relate to physical health and mobility, mental health, or dementia.

To request consideration for a home visit, phone 0800 CAN VAX (0800 226 829) or email CANVAX@cdhb.health.nz. A clinician will call you to determine if a home visit is right for you and if it is, to make an agreed plan for your vaccination.

More information can be found here COVID-19 vaccinations at home in Canterbury (150KB, PDF)

Book your vaccination appointment

If you want to get your vaccination at an Accessible Event, you will need to book an appointment. The schedule below explains how to do this.

When you book your vaccination appointment, you will need the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Email and phone details
  • Your NHI number – If you don’t know it that’s okay, we can look it up
  • Which Accessible Event you want to come to – which day and which location
  • If you are bringing other people (family, whānau, support workers) with you to get vaccinated at the same time, they will need to provide the same information.

Transport options

If you are unable to drive to get to your appointment, other transport options are detailed in this pamphlet. 

Transport options to get to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment pamphlet (140KB, PDF)

Note that operations could be affected by Traffic Light System settings. 

When and where are the Accessible Events and Locations?

You can book your Booster Pfizer dose. Booster doses are available for the 18 and over age group from three months after the second vaccine dose. 16 & 17 year olds have a 6 month wait from the second vaccine dose. 

Children 5-11 year olds are able to attend the Low Sensory Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics and can also book through this invite.

We would like to highlight that family members from the same household, and any carers, are also eligible to be vaccinated – you just need separate bookings for each person at the same or adjacent times.

Visit this page for details on Accessible event dates and times