From this week, children aged five to 11 are now able to get their first vaccination for Covid-19.
We spoke to some children and parents in Tāmaki Makaurau about getting their vaccination.
“I feel proud of myself for just getting it done,” Elizabeth said, one of the kids getting vaccinated on Karangahape Road.
The 5-11 year old dosage is lower and uses a smaller needle than the adult one. The Ministry of Health says trials had indicated with a lower dosage this age bracket would experience few side effects, making for a safer roll out.
Tamariki in this age bracket will still require two doses. In the case a child turns 12 in between vaccinations it is still recommended they continue with the 5-11 year old dosage.
Amaryllis said her vaccination was “just like a bug crawling on my arm, didn't hurt at all”.
Despite the younger age of these tamariki, many had a firm understanding as to why they’re getting vaccinated, with some wanting to get the vaccine so they can safely see their grandparents or be able to move overseas with their parents.
“Everyone that has a vaccine counts as a lifesaver, so please take a vaccine, save lives, save the world,” said Jonathan.
Vaccinations for this age bracket can be either done through an online booking or walk-in and drive-through options, but not all vaccination clinics will be administering child doses.
You can check which vaccination clinics in your area are doing 5-11 vaccines here.