COVID vaccine rollout progressing at pace

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Southern district is progressing well – with more than 162,000 doses delivered. We’ve actually delivered the fifth highest number of vaccines across all the DHBs in New Zealand, despite having despite us having a smaller population base than many. This is thanks to the hard work of our healthcare providers across the district and the enthusiastic response from the public, so thank you all for doing your bit to keep you and your community safe!

Where can I get a vaccine?
There are 121 vaccine providers across the district, including vaccination centres in the Meridian Mall, Dunedin, and Civic Building, Invercargill, as well as general practices, pharmacies, and Māori health providers in locations around Otago and Southland. We have the largest geographical area of all DHBs, and want everyone in the district to be within one hour of a vaccine centre. To find a vaccine centre near you, go to

I’m eligible, but haven’t had an invitation yet, what should I do?
We have tried to reach everyone who is eligible for a vaccine to invite them to book in. However, it does depend on us having your correct contact details. If you are eligible, please go ahead and book your vaccine now, whether you have received an invitation or not. You can either book online at or over the phone by calling 0800 28 29 26.

We also encourage you to check your GP has up to date contact details. If you don’t have a GP in the Southern district, and want to enrol with a practice, please call 0800 478 256.

There are currently plenty of appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations available across the district and we strongly encourage anyone in Groups 1, 2, or 3 or aged over 40 to book their appointment now.

Who’s been vaccinated?
Our latest data shows we are reaching our eligible populations.

So far, here’s how many people in Southern have either been vaccinated or a booked in.

  • 65 and over – 82%
  • 60 and over – 79%
  • 55 and over – 75%

More age bands are opening up, with those aged 40+ now eligible. Anyone will be able to register for a vaccine from 1 September.


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