On 3 December Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield was interviewed on Radio NZ’s Checkpoint programme to provide guidance for people travelling to Samoa and the Pacific.
The question about eligibility for vaccination was raised and Dr Bloomfield confirmed that:
Eligibility criteria and claiming
The eligibility criteria for publicly funded vaccinations states:
Regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, children are eligible for publicly funded vaccinations on the Immunisation Schedule, and WellChild/Tamariki Ora services.
You can also find this information on the Ministry of Health website- vaccine eligibility.
Claiming for vaccinating children who are not New Zealand citizens follows the same process as claiming for those who are citizens. This includes claiming for the vaccine and administration. Information is available in the Immunisation Handbook page 12.
Those over the age of 18 and who are not residents or citizens are ineligible – eligibility criteria can be found here eligibility criteria.
We would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate the current priority groups for vaccination are:
Thank you once again for the excellent work you have been doing to increase the vaccination rates.
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National Measles Coordination
Ministry of Health