From Monday, parents or caregivers of 5 to 11-year-olds can get their tamariki immunised against COVID-19, says Dr Helen
Skinner, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Canterbury DHB.
A list of clinics delivering tamariki immunisations, along with resources for parents to support their decisions and
discussions can be found on the website: https://vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-immunisations-for-children/
“We strongly recommend that you make a booking on the Book My Vaccine website
as some clinics (GP practices) are only vaccinating enrolled patients and not all clinics start vaccinating children on
the 17th. Bookings through the website open on Monday,” says Dr Skinner.
“More clinics are getting ready to come on board in the next few weeks as they complete the necessary training to
deliver the vaccine to tamariki and prepare their site to accommodate families coming together.”
Tamariki aged 5-11 years old will receive a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine and will need two doses delivered 8 weeks
apart. Children in this age group must have a parent, caregiver or legal guardian accompany them to their appointment
and provide consent for them to be vaccinated.
“Most children and young people who catch COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. However, some can become very sick and
“I really encourage you to take time to get the information and advice you need to make the best decision for your
“Immunisation is an important way we keep tamariki safe, like being sun smart or wearing a seatbelt. It protects your
tamariki from many serious diseases and stops disease spreading within your whānau and the community,” says Dr Skinner.
If you’re looking for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11 year olds here are some useful links:
Canterbury District Health Board
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is a Christchurch, New Zealand based hospital and healthcare provider for the
Canterbury region of New Zealand. Our region extends from Kekerengu in the North, to Rangitata in the South and Arthurs
Pass in the West and comprises the six Territorial Local Authorities of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch
City, Selwyn and Ashburton.
We collaborate with other health and disability organisations, stakeholders and our community to decide what health and
disability services are needed and how to best use the funding we receive from Government to improve, promote and
protect the health, wellbeing and independence of our population.
At the Canterbury DHB, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canterbury.