Update on MMR vaccines from DHB/ MOH

20 Nov 2019

 NO further vaccines will be sent out automatically until such time we receive further guidance from the MOH about a change in patient priority groups.


At present, the priority groups for Waikato DHB practices REMAIN THE SAME as previously communicated (see below in black).


If a practice does run out of vaccine or need more, could you please ask them to contact Marinda (marinda.vanstaden@waikatodhb.health.nz or phone 021 549893) or I directly please and we will arrange supply.


It is very likely that the MOH will announce a change to priority groups in the next two months, until then we just need to wait patiently.  Thanks.



Extension of priorities to include:

  • Vaccination of all 1 to 4 year olds whose vaccinations are overdue - including active recall of children aged under 5 years who need catch-up vaccination.
  • Vaccination of all unimmunised children aged 5 to 14 years of age (one catch-up dose of MMR for those aged 5–14 years who do not have one documented MMR vaccination) - active recall.


  • ensure all children receive their vaccinations on time at 15 months and 4 years to maintain the national Childhood Immunisation Schedule.  This is TOP priority – please ensure you keep enough vaccine in your practice to maintain this each week.
  • MMR can be given from 12 months if the parents request this. If given early please give all the childhood vaccinations that would be needed at 15 months.
  • If you are concerned about an infant aged 6–11 months being at high risk of exposure due to travel. The child will still need two more doses of the MMR vaccine between the ages of 1 and 4 years old. See here for more travel information: https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles/2019-measles-outbreak-information#travauck
  • susceptible close contacts within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible (directed by the Public Health unit).