Vaccination service


2021 Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations

Influenza and Coronavirus are caused by different viruses so immunisation against one doesn't offer any protection from the other. In 2021, we are recommending a three-step vaccination program for adults over 18 years.

1. Annual flu vaccination. Wait 14+ days.
2. First COVID-19 vaccine. Wait 21+ days.
3. Second COVID-19 vaccine.

    Book your immunisations here and scroll on for more information on the program. Note that if the flu vaccination is not done first, it can be done after the two COVID-19 vaccinations.

    Step 1: Influenza vaccine

    Influenza (flu) vaccination is available through your Pharmacist Vaccinator for adults over 13 years. The vaccination is subsidised by the government if you are over 65 years, pregnant 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 2021, adults 65 years and over will be vaccinated with Fluad Quad and Afluria Quad will be used for the rest of the population. Our supply of Fluad Quad has now been exhausted so bookings have closed for adults over 65 years.


    Step 2&3: COVID-19 vaccines

    The COVID-19 vaccine is estimated to be available to adults 65 years and over from May 2021 and the general public from July 2021. The vaccine will be free to any person within New Zealand and it is your choice to be vaccinated or not. At Ahuriri Pharmacy, we are preparing to offer the COVID-19 vaccine in store and will update details as we know them. As many people will feel a little nervous about vaccinations in 2021 and have questions, we have put together a series of FAQ to help with your research. Pre-vaccination information is here.

    Also: Measles, Mumps and Rubella

    Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations are now recommended and available through your Pharmacist Vaccinator for adults between 16 and 30 years of age. Vaccination is free and helps to prevent outbreaks in NZ. If you are over 49 years, vaccination isn't considered necessary as you have probably been exposed to the viruses in early life.

    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, lightheadedness, 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.



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