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Aotearoa Immunisation Week 2023

Aotearoa Immunisation Week

Aotearoa Immunisation Week | 29 May to 4 June 2023 is a series of locally led events around New Zealand that celebrate the importance of immunisations and provide a variety of vaccinations to protect whānau as they prepare for winter. The risk of severe illness this winter is high, so we’re encouraging everyone across the country to be protected.

Getting immunised is one of the best things we can do to protect ourselves, our whānau and our communities from a range of preventable diseases that can cause serious illness and even death. During Aotearoa Immunisation Week there will be over 35 events, including hundreds of immunisations opportunities with clinics, pharmacies and GPs around the country. 

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What can you expect?

This week will aim to get more children, adults, whānau and communities to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, allowing them to live happier, healthier lives. 

Health providers will be out in force running local events to promote vaccinations they are focusing on, such as childhood immunisation, influenza, measles, whooping cough or COVID-19 vaccinations at a local and regional level. 

As well as providing immunisations, Aotearoa Immunisation Week is also an opportunity to recognise those people who have already been immunised and acknowledge get those who helped make this happen–the dedication and work led by the healthcare sector.

Southern Immunisation Events and Opportunities

Balclutha: Vaccination Clinic - Pacific Trust Otago | Inspired Faith Church, 8 Douglas Street | 29 May 2023 10am - 3pm

Free Vaccinations against:

  • COVID-19 for ages 5+
  • Influenza for ages 5+
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Eligibility criteria vary by vaccine, come and have a chat about what vaccinations you need.

Dunedin Immunisation Centre | 153 Hanover Street, Central Dunedin | 29 May – 4 June 2023 9.30am – 5pm

Vaccinations on offer: Covid-19 (Pfizer & Novavax), Influenza, Boostrix, MMR, HPV

Vaccinations on offer:

  • Covid-19 (Pfizer & Novavax)
  • Infuenza, Boostrix, MMR and HPV for funded consumers

Everyone welcome, no appointment necessary! Walk in and grab a coffee, cookie, or piece of fruit while you are vaccinated. Eligibility criteria vary by vaccine, come and have a chat about what vaccinations you need. Please note, the Dunedin Immunisation Centre cannot take payments and does not offer non-funded vaccinations.


Otago University Dental School | 31 May 11am - 2pm for COVID-19, MMR and Influenza immunisations
West Otago Health Medical Centre | After-hour clinic | 31 May 5pm - 7.30pm for COVID-19 immunisations
Oamaru: North Otago Pharmacy | Walk-in COVID-19 and Influenza immunisations | Multiple dates & times as below
  • Tuesday 30 May - Friday 2 June 10am - 12pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Sunday 4 June 10am - 1:30pm
Wanaka: Aspiring Pharmacy | 29 Helwick Street | Opens on Sunday 4 June for a clinic
Pacific Trust Otago in South Dunedin | 155 Hillside Road, South Dunedin | Multiple dates and times as below
  • Monday 5 June - 9am - 3pm
  • Monday 12 June - 9am - 3pm
  • Monday 19 June - 9am - 3pm

Vaccinations on offer: Covid-19 Influenza, Boostrix, MMR, HPV

Eligibility criteria vary by vaccine, come and have a chat about what vaccinations you need.

Cross Recreation Centre in Balclutha | 18 Glasgow Street, Balclutha | 14 June 10am – 3pm

More information about Southern events and immunisation opportunities coming soon. 

Did you know? 

  • Vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule are free for all tamariki under 18 in Aotearoa New Zealand, flu vaccines are available for everyone over 6 months old (and free for many people) and the latest COVID-19 booster is now available free for everyone over 30.
  • Currently at 24 months of age, 82% of all children are fully immunised. 67% of all tamariki Māori and 81% of all Pacific children are fully immunised at 24 months. Childhood Immunisation data is published quarterly on the Ministry of Health website.
  • This year access to the funded influenza vaccine has been extended to all Māori and Pacific people aged 55 to 64 years of age and all children under 12 years of age.
  • Almost 2 million people are eligible to get funded vaccines (1.8 million flu doses for 2023).
  • This year access to the funded COVID-19 booster has been extended to pregnant people aged 16years and over.
  • Almost 2 million people are eligible for a first or second booster and will be able to get their bivalent COVID-19 booster.

Click here for more information about immunisations