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COVID-19

Vaccination Registration

Te Manu Toroa has launched its COVID-19 vaccination programme as part of the nationwide effort to protect the population against infection.

We currently have a mobile vaccine team out in our community providing easy access to the vaccine, particularly to our most vulnerable people.

If you are interested in receiving vaccines for you and your whanau bubble from our mobile vaccination unit, you can pre-register your interest below and one of our team will be in contact to book your appointments. You don’t have to be a registered TMT patient to access the mobile service.

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Are you eligible?

The Covid-19 vaccine is currently available for the following groups.  If you are part of one of these groups, please complete the Pre-Registration Form.

Group 2

  • Frontline Healthcare workers
  • Those living and working in Aged Residential Care facilities
  • Maori and Pacific Kaumatua and their whanau

Group 3

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People aged 16 years or older with underlying health conditions. This includes people who:
  • have a health condition that means you are eligible for a publicly funded influenza vaccine, including pregnant people.
  • have been diagnosed with severe mental illness (which includes schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, and adults currently accessing secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services).
  • have poorly controlled or severe hypertension (hypertension is another name for high blood pressure). In this case, severe is defined as requiring 2 or more medications for control.
  • are severely obese (defined as a BMI ≥40).

Not currently eligible?

Don’t worry!  Vaccine for the General Public (Group 4) will be available from 28th July.

Pre-Registration Form

Name(Required)
DD slash MM slash YYYY
Covid Vaccine criteria
Do you meet the current criteria for receiving the Covid Vaccine?
Covid Group criteria
If yes, do which group do you fall under?

Vaccine Questions

Here are some common questions about the Covid-19 Vaccine.  Please feel free to discuss any questions you may have with our trained staff during your Vaccine appointments.

What’s the process?

Once you’ve registered your interest, one of our mobile team will be in touch to confirm your appointment. Our mobile unit is out in the community from Tuesday to Friday, making regular visits to these locations: Maketu, Maungatapu, Manoeka, Te Paamu and Katikati.

When you arrive for your vaccine appointment, you’ll need to bring your consent form with you. If you haven’t received one, they will be provided to you when you arrive. Once one of our nurses has checked you in for your appointment, you will be guided to a private room to receive your vaccine dose.

For the vaccine to be most effective, people are required to receive two doses around three weeks apart.

Once you’ve received your dose, you will be required to remain at the mobile unit for around 20 minutes for observation of any possible negative reactions. Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Why is getting vaccinated important?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the COVID-19 virus. It’s one way we can protect the welfare and wellbeing of our communities from COVID-19.

It is not mandatory for the general public. You can choose whether to get vaccinated.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine protect me?

COVID-19 can cause serious illness or death in some people. The COVID-19 vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to produce antibodies and other proteins that will fight the virus if you’re exposed to it.

The vaccine helps prevent you from getting infected and having COVID-19 symptoms, or severe illness. This means you could have no COVID-19 symptoms or will have much fewer, milder symptoms and recover faster.

It is safe to use on pregnant women.

What is the mRNA vaccine?

The Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) is an mRNA vaccine that contains the genetic code for an important part of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus called the ‘spike protein’. Spike proteins are the little projections on the surface of the virus.

  1. Once you’ve had the vaccine, your body reads the genetic code and makes copies of the spike protein.
  2. Your immune system detects these spike proteins and learns how to recognise and fight against COVID-19. It knows it needs to attack the virus to protect it from spreading in your body.
  3. The genetic code then gets broken down and removed very quickly and easily by our body.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

mRNA vaccines do not contain any of the virus that causes COVID-19, or any other live, dead or deactivated viruses.

Does the vaccine affect my DNA?

It does not affect or interact with your DNA or genes. mRNA vaccines never enter the nucleus of the cell which is where our DNA is kept.

Isn’t the vaccine too new to be safe?

mRNA vaccines have been developed through major international collaboration.

Researchers have studied and worked with mRNA vaccines for decades. This includes studies for vaccines against flu, Zika, rabies and cytomegalovirus (CMV).

Scientists have also researched past coronavirus infections (SARS and MERS).

Once scientists identified the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, they could quickly adapt the technology for COVID-19.

Although it’s relatively new technology, this vaccine has gone through all the usual safety checks and regulations.

This includes international clinical trials to help demonstrate the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is being used worldwide and continually and closely monitored for effectiveness and safety.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm.

You’ll need two doses. The second dose is given at least three weeks later. It’s very important you get your second dose, you’ll have your best protection once you’ve had both.

Staff will observe you for at least 20 minutes after your injection. This is a precaution in case you have any immediate allergic or adverse reactions. Staff will be on hand and trained to treat these immediately.

Why do I need two doses?

Both doses of the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) are the same. The second dose increases your protection – giving you better and likely longer-lasting immunity than the first dose alone.

How well does the second dose works?

In the early clinical trials, researchers studied how much of the mRNA to include in each dose of the Pfizer vaccine and how many doses people should have. They measured the level of antibodies in the blood that were produced after each dose.

After the first dose
After the first dose, the antibody levels were much lower compared to those seen after natural infection with COVID-19.

After the second dose
After the second dose, the antibody levels were higher than those seen after the first dose, and higher than those seen after natural infection.

What about different strains of the virus?

We’re evaluating preliminary data from other countries about the impact new strains may have on vaccine effectiveness.

Some companies have indicated they may make changes to the vaccine to make sure they work properly. This is similar to the regular changes made to the influenza vaccine.

What’s in the Pfizer vaccine?

The Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) is a mRNA-based (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine.

It does not contain any live, dead or deactivated viruses. There are no animal products in this vaccine.

Summary of ingredients

  • The Pfizer vaccine contains:
    messenger RNA encoding SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • lipid nanoparticle – a stabilised fat-based bubble to protect and carry the mRNA into our cells
  • salt buffers – to maintain the pH of the vaccine
  • sucrose – to protect the vaccine while in storage.

Additional Information

What to know more about the COVID-19 Vaccine? You can visit these Ministry of Health pages online.

About the Vaccine

Information about the Covid-19 Vaccine, helath information and statistics.

Side Effects

Learn what possible side effects you may encounter after receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine.

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