COVID-19 vaccination: Your questions answered

We all need accurate and reliable information when we make a decision for ourselves and our whānau. Here you can learn from the experts and get answers about popular topics.

Is the vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccines needed to be rolled out quickly, but that does not mean safety was compromised. The Pfizer vaccine we are using in New Zealand is held to the same high safety standards as any other medicine. 

COVID-19 vaccines are the most well-studied vaccines ever made. Nearly 50% of the world’s population have had a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 3 million people in Aotearoa have had their first Pfizer vaccine. This means we have lots of data to show the Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety.

Common questions

  • How was the vaccine created so quickly?
  • Is it safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?
  • Can the vaccine affect fertility?
  • Is it safe if you have a health condition?
  • Is it safe for children?

For answers to these questions visit Unite against COVID-19 here.

More information

How does the vaccine affect people’s immune systems differently? 

How do we know the vaccine can be used safely now and into the future?

Who can’t have the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine? 

Tips to prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine: What if I don’t like needles?