In South Canterbury we have roughly 48,500 people over the age of 16 to offer the vaccination to, by the end of the year. It is no small task, but we have a great team (and are growing bigger every day) to help make this as smooth a process as possible for you.

When will I be vaccinated?

See below for information on when  you can expect to be vaccinated as a resident in the South Canterbury DHB region.

Group 1 — currently being vaccinated
Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers

Group 2 — currently being vaccinated
High-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places

Group 3 — currently being vaccinated
People who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, people aged 65 and over, and people with a disability or a relevant underlying health condition.

Group 4 — people aged 60 - 64 currently being vaccinated.

If you’re in Group 1,2 or 3 and haven’t booked your vaccination already, you can book online at using your priority booking code, or by calling 0800 28 29 26 between 8am and 8pm, daily.

If you’re in Group 4, you can book online at or by calling 0800 28 29 26 between 8am and 8pm, daily.

Booking a COVID-19 Vaccination

Our immunity against COVID-19 is incredibly important and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your whānau and your community. The vaccine is free and there’s enough vaccine for everyone. To make the vaccination process flow smoothly, we’re rolling out in age bands.

When can I book my vaccination?

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand will be able to get the vaccine. With such a large group of people, to make the process flow smoothly, we’re breaking it down into age bands. We’re starting with the oldest and working our way down to the youngest. Remember, once you’re eligible to be vaccinated, you can book at any time. There’s no cut off and there’s enough vaccine for everyone.

When it’s time to get vaccinated

Step 1: Receiving an invitation

When you’re eligible, you’ll receive a letter from Book My Vaccine inviting you to book at We’ll follow up with an email and text.

Step 2: Make your booking

Once you’re received your invitation or when your age band is open, go to to book your appointments. If you’re unable to book online, you can ring the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days) and we’ll make the booking for you and answer any questions. Interpreters are available if you need them. Click here to view the Book My Vaccine Step By Step Guide.

You can expect to wait for around six to eight weeks from the time you make your booking until your first vaccination. Depending on where and when you’d like to be vaccinated you might find an appointment earlier.

You’ll need to leave at least 21 days between your first and second dose.

Step 3: Get your vaccination

We’ll send you a reminder the day before each appointment. It’s very important to get two doses of the vaccine – this will give you the best protection.

Be ready and have your NHI on hand when you book

When you book, it’s a good idea to have your NHI (National Health Index) number handy. You don’t need it to book but it will make the process quicker for you. You’ll find your NHI number on a prescription or prescription receipt, x-ray or test result, or a letter from the hospital.

Other ways to get vaccinated

There are other ways for people to be vaccinated, including workplace vaccinations and other vaccination events around the country. In many remote rural communities, we will vaccinate all age groups at the same time.

Many GPs are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations and are taking bookings directly. To find out if your GP is offering this service visit

What can I expect?

NOTE: This video was uploaded on the Ministry of Health YouTube channel in February. Since this video the wait time following vaccination has decreased from 30mins to 20mins.

For general information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccination process or the national rollout, please see the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

For general enquiries please call 0800 886 633.