Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust provides free COVID-19, influenza and outreach immunisations to you and your whānau.
We can be proud of what we have done to protect each other from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Let’s not waste our hard mahi. We still need to protect our whānau and communities from the COVID-19 virus, its variants and other infectious diseases.
If you are unsure about vaccination, we are happy to kōrero with you and listen to your pātai (questions). Phone 0800 TP MOBILE (876 624) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about symptoms, testing, how to prepare for COVID-19 and where to get local support, go to our page here.
Our mahi in action
We have provided some answers to some of the most common questions our nurses have been helping whānau with.
Getting vaccinated is a way to look after our whānau and community. It protects us by stopping the spread of the virus. If most of us are vaccinated, we can also reduce the risk of outbreaks which can lead to lockdowns and put our health system under pressure. When we get vaccinated, we can better protect those in our community who can’t get vaccinated, such as pēpi under age five and people with certain medical conditions.
The COVID-19 vaccine teaches the immune system to recognise and fight the virus. It can’t give you the disease because it does not contain the virus in any form or anything that can affect our DNA. The vaccine is gone completely from your body within a few days, leaving your immune system ready for action if COVID-19 comes near you.
In Aotearoa, vaccines are assessed by New Zealand’s Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe). Medsafe is part of the Ministry of Health. Medsafe will only approve a vaccine for use in Aotearoa once it is confident it meets national and international standards for safety, effectiveness, and quality. Medsafe is satisfied that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are safe and effective to give to us. Please note that Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust provides the Pfizer vaccine only.
It’s your choice to get vaccinated. Getting two doses of the vaccine and then your booster shot (if you are 18 or older) will give you and your whānau the best protection. Vaccination is especially important to safeguard our kuia and kaumātua, hapū māmā and others who are more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19. It will also help protect pēpi and people with certain medical conditions who cannot be vaccinated.
You will be asked to provide your details and to give consent
A fully trained nurse will give you the vaccine in your upper arm
You will need to stay for 15 minutes after being vaccinated so that the nurses know you are okay
Some mild side effects are common and are a sign your body is learning to fight the virus
Another appointment might be booked for you (e.g., for your booster shot).
All vaccines can have some side effects. These side effects are usually mild and only last for a few days. Common side effects can include:
Pain at the injection site
Feeling tired or fatigued
Feeling generally unwell
These are signs that the vaccine is working. Globally, millions of people have already received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with an extremely small number of serious reactions. If you have any questions or worries after your vaccinations, contact your doctor or health provider.
For some of our whānau, it’s best to check-in with your health provider before getting the vaccine, especially if you:
Are taking any medications
Have a bleeding disorder
Had an allergic reaction to any vaccine or injection in the past. Also let your vaccinator know this before you get the vaccine.
You can get the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy.
The vaccine protects you as you are far less likely to fall seriously ill if you catch COVID-19. The vaccine can also protect your pēpi, as evidence shows that pēpi can get antibodies (that fight the virus when you are exposed to it) through the whenua (placenta).
We recommend that you protect yourself against COVID-19 when you are hapū because you are more likely to become very unwell and need hospitalisation if you catch COVID-19.
There is no evidence that the vaccine is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during pregnancy. No additional safety concerns have been raised. The Pfizer vaccine does not contain a live virus or any ingredients that are harmful to pregnant people or their babies.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy or breastfeeding, speak to your midwife or doctor.
We offer the Pfizer vaccine to anyone aged five years or older. First booster vaccines are available to anyone aged sixteen years and older. Second booster vaccines (six months after your first booster and three months after having had COVID-19) are available to whānau as follows:
Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust offers community vaccination clinics and runs a mobile home visiting vaccination service (for those eligible).
Please phone us to kōrero further on 0800 TP MOBILE (876 624), or book here to request an in-home vaccine.