Preventing infectious diseases through immunisation

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health is committed to encouraging immunisation amongst New Zealanders. Our main focuses are promoting the benefits of vaccination programmes and certifying the vaccinators who provide this valuable service.

Some reasons why vaccination is important

Young boy flexes his muscles to show how strong he is - shown from the back. Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health is an advocate for vaccination programmes because immunisation uses the body’s immune system to build resistance to serious diseases.

An immunised individual helps protect vulnerable people in the community by decreasing the possibility of a disease spreading. These vulnerable people are infants, the elderly and those with impaired immune systems. This protective effect only occurs if enough people are vaccinated and is called ‘herd immunity’.

New Zealand has a low child immunisation rate compared with other countries. This results in regular outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Te Whatu Ora aims to increase vaccination rates so that 95 percent of children are fully immunised by two years of age. This is for all vaccines as listed on the National Immunisation Schedule.

Tracking vaccination with the Aotearoa Immunisation Register

New Zealanders can receive vaccinations from a range of health providers over their lifetime. The Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR) was launched in late 2023 and is designed to:

  • provide an accurate understanding of population immunisation coverage rates. This means programmes can be planned better to support populations with the lowest immunisation rates;
  • reduce digital barriers and support the health sector to deliver better immunisation services; and
  • give New Zealanders a way to record and track immunisations they have received and are entitled to.

AIR replaced the old National Immunisation Register (NIR) and COVID Immunisation Register (CIR).



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


Contact the Communicable Disease staff at your local office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Ph: +64 3 687 2600

Ph: +64 3 768 1160

Protecting your pēpi from whooping cough starts during pregnancy.

For questions on immunisation and vaccination-preventable diseases, call:

0800 466863
8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday

For questions on the COVID-19 vaccine and how to book, call:

0800 28 29 26
8am to 8pm – 7 days a week.

0800 11 12 12 or text 8988 if you have a disability (24/7).

How to book a vaccine appointment

Other vaccines can be booked directly with your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider – including those for children under the age of 13.

Your local pharmacy may also offer FREE childhood immunisations.

The HPV vaccine is safe, long-lasting and it’s FREE

HPV is a common virus that can cause 6 types of cancer – in the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and mouth/throat.

HPV vaccination can provide long-term protection for tamariki from HPV cancers.

The FREE vaccine is offered through most schools in Year 8. This is the best age to get it. If tamariki miss getting the HPV vaccine at school, they can still get it free at their medical centre.

Teens and young adults who didn’t have the HPV vaccine in Year 8 also need to be vaccinated. It’s free through their medical centre or family planning clinic up until their 27th birthday.

All tamariki should get the HPV vaccine in Year 8.

Page last updated: 18/07/2024

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