Vaccination service


Vaccinations Available

As of 1 June 2023, the vaccinations able to be funded and administered by your Pharmacist Vaccinator have expanded. They include

Shingrix (Varicella zoster, shingles vaccine)
Boostrix (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping cough vaccine)
Bexsero (Meningococcal B vaccine)
MenQuadfi (Meningococcal ACWY vaccine)
Gardasil (Human papillomavirus HPV vaccine)

Shingrix is approved to prevent shingles and its complications (most commonly nerve pain). It is recommended for all adults aged from 50 years and is funded for adults at age 65 years. It is a non-live vaccine that is around 90% effective and is given as two doses, 2-6 months apart. Read more about shingles or book with the button above.
Boostrix is approved to be given to pregnant women and people over 65 years. Meningococcal vaccines are both approved to be given to patients over 16 years and Gardasil (HPV vaccine, to prevent cervical cancer) is funded for all people aged 9 years to under 27 years. If you aren’t eligible for a funded vaccine, you can still get your vaccine through pharmacy for a fee.

Vitamin B12 Injections

Our Pharmacist vaccinators can also administer prescribed Vitamin B12 injections. Vitamin B12 is also called cobalamin or hydroxocobalamin and is used in the body for making red blood cells; nervous system support and healthy mental function. It is available in foods, but mostly in meat, fish, shellfish, dairy products and eggs.
Signs you may be deficient in vitamin B12 include weakness, tiredness, light-headedness, shortness of breath, pale skin or numbness and tingling.  It is best to have your levels checked by your doctor before supplementing. Your prescription will then be dispensed and the injection given by intramuscular injection every 3 months. 

Influenza vaccine

2023 flu vaccinations have now all been exhausted through our Pharmacist Vaccinator for people over 13-years. 

The vaccination is subsidised by the government if you are aged 65-years and over (or over 55-years and Maori or Pacific people), under 12-years (through your doctor), pregnant, have serious mental health or addiction needs or have an eligible health condition. If you aren’t eligible for a funded vaccine, you can still get your vaccine through pharmacy for a fee.
Immunity from the flu vaccine is expected to last for three to four months, so April to June are the best months to be vaccinated to allow the vaccine to work at it's peak during the flu season. As the immunity wears off and the strains of virus mutate each year, it is important that you have the flu vaccine each year. In 2023, we will be using the vaccine Afluria Quad.
Before booking, we recommend talking to our Pharmacists if you are feeling unwell; have had Guillain-Barre syndrome; are having cancer treatments or have had an allergic reaction to a vaccination before.  

COVID-19 booster vaccine

COVID-19 booster vaccinations have now all been exhausted. 
It can be given at the same time as your flu vaccine. Being up-to-date with your vaccinations gives you the best possible protection. This booster is funded and recommended for: 

  • Anyone who has completed a primary vaccination course (for most people, this is 2 doses);
  • Aged 30 and over or at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • People who have allowed at least 6-months since their last COVID booster or infection.

With the speed the virus is mutating, the main benefit of vaccination now is to reduce severe disease and death in those most at risk. The 2023 booster is a bivalent vaccine, made of half the original strain in the Comirnaty vaccine and half omicron strain. It has very similar risks and side effects to the original vaccine. More information is available here.



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