FLU VACCINE + COVID-19 BOOSTERS

We are now taking bookings for both Winter Flu Vaccination and COVID-19 Boosters.

If eligible you are able to have both the Flu Vaccination and the COVID-19 Boosters at the same time.

You can book through Book My Vaccine,
or give us a call on 06 877 8222. Bookings are essential.

To book online at Gilmours Pharmacy either type Gilmours or our postcode, 4130 into the search box and we will pop up as your vaccination clinic. 

 

FLU VACCINE

Influenza, “the flu”, can be anywhere. It is easy to catch through coughs and sneezes. Influenza is much worse than a cold.

Some people are more likely to get very sick when they have the flu. They are young children, babies, pregnant women and older people. Also, people with some illnesses like asthma or diabetes.

Some people with flu need to stay in hospital for a while. A few people die from flu.

Many people don’t know they have had the flu as they do not feel ill. But they can still pass it on and make other people very sick.

The best way to protect yourself is by having a flu shot every year. The flu shot helps your body protect itself from flu. You protect yourself, your whanau and people around you if you have a flu shot.

Please note no childrens vaccinations are available at Gilmours Pharmacy.

Booking for the Flu vaccine are now open. Flu shots will commence from the 1st April 2023.

  • If you are not funded for the flu shot you can be vaccinated for $35.
  • You may be able to receive a FREE Flu vaccine, see the criteria below.
  • Flu shots are FREE for people 65 years old and over.
  • Flu shots are FREE for Maori and Pacific people 55 years old and over.
  • Flu shots are FREE for women who are pregnant.
  • Flu shots are FREE for anybody under 65 with diabetes, most heart or lung conditions, and some other illnesses.
  • Talk to the team about a flu shot today. It may be FREE for you.
  • Encourage your whanau who can get a free flu shot to book their flu shot.
  • Being fit and healthy won’t stop you getting the flu.
  • You can’t get flu from the vaccine.
  • You can get your Covid vaccine or booster at the same time as your flu shot.
  • You need to get a flu shot every year before winter for best protection.

You can book through Book My Vaccine, or give us a call on 06 877 8222. Bookings are essential.

 

COVID-19 BOOSTER

Booking for COVID-19 Boosters are now open. The booster shots will commence from the 1st April 2023.

Second COVID-19 Booster - is available to anyone 30+, as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their last COVID-19 booster or positive COVID-19 test.

Third COVID-19 Booster - An additional booster dose will be made available to: 

  • anyone aged 30 and over who has completed a primary course, as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their last COVID-19 booster or positive COVID-19 test.   
  • anyone at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who has completed a primary course of COVID-19 vaccines, as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their last COVID-19 booster or positive COVID-19 test.

These high-risk groups include: 

  • people aged 65 years and over 
  • Māori and Pacific peoples aged 50 years and over 
  • residents of aged care and disability care facilities 
  • severely immunocompromised people 
  • people aged 16 years and over who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe breakthrough COVID-19 illness 
  • people aged 16 years and over who live with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities.

In all instances the additional booster dose can only be administered to eligible people who have completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination course, and whose most recent COVID-19 vaccine or positive COVID-19 test was at least 6 months ago, irrespective of how many prior booster doses that person has received.

You can book through Book My Vaccine, or give us a call on 06 877 8222. Bookings are essential.

 

The post-vaccination observation period for the flu vaccination:

  • Influenza only: 20 minutes or five minutes - see below* 
  • Concomitant influenza and Covid-19: 15 minutes

*The post-vaccination observation can only be reduced to five minutes if the person is only receiving the flu vaccine and meets all the following criteria:

  • Is aged 13 years and over
  • Does not have a history of severe allergic reactions
  • Has been assessed for any immediate post-vaccination adverse reactions
  • Are aware of when they need to and how to seek post-vaccination advice 
  • Will have another adult with them for the first 20 minutes post-vaccination
  • Will not drive, skate, scoot, ride a bike or operate machinery until 20 minutes post-vaccination
  • Has the ability to contact emergency services if required.