The 2021 Influenza Immunisation Programme start date is 14 April.
- The 2021 Influenza Immunisation Programme will commence on 14 April 2021, for people aged 65 and over.
- The programme for people aged under 65 years is due to begin on 17 May.
- The Ministry asks vaccinators to focus on immunising people eligible for a funded vaccine.
- The influenza vaccination programme runs to 31 December 2021. All groups can be immunised through to December.
- Refer to the table below for details.
|Vaccine||From 14 April 2021||From 17 May 2021|
Adults aged 65 and over including health and other frontline workers aged 65 and over
All sdults aged 65 years and over – eligible and non-eligible
All people aged 5–64 years – eligible and non-eligible
|INFLUVAC® TETRA||All children aged 3–4 years – eligible and non-eligible.|
|AFLURIA® QUAD JUNIOR||All children aged 6–35 months – eligible and non-eligible.|
The Māori Influenza Vaccination Programme is continuing in 2021 as part of the Ministry of Health' commitment to improving equity for Māori. The programme will begin on 14 April 2021 for kaumātua Māori aged 65 and over.
Occupational health and healthcare workforces
As in previous years it is important healthcare and other frontline workers get immunised against influenza.
- Occupational health services can immunise such workforces from 14 April 2021 if 65 and over, or from 17 May if under 65 years of age.
- The Ministry’s target is that 80 percent of New Zealand’s health care workers are immunised against influenza each year.
Funding for immunising health and disability care workers
The Ministry will be providing funding to support influenza vaccination for health and disability sector employees, self-employed lead maternity carers and carers employed under individualised funding arrangements who:
- are not eligible for a funded vaccination under the eligibility criteria stated in the Pharmaceutical Schedule,
- have patient/client contact,
- have not previously been the recipient of an employer-funded influenza vaccination whilst in their current place of employment (not including one reimbursed by the Ministry of Health in 2020).
- Further information on how to claim will be available on the Ministry of Health website.
Providers can email queries about the Influenza Immunisation Programme to the Ministry of Health at [email protected].
Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccination for 2021:
Pregnant women (any trimester)
People aged 65 years and older
People aged under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed below
Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
List of eligible conditions for funded influenza vaccine
Funded influenza vaccine is available each year for people who meet the following criteria set by PHARMAC:
1. People 65 years of age or older; or
2. People under 65 years of age who:
3. Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness.
Unless meeting the criteria set out above, the following conditions are excluded from funding:
Also refer to the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule on the PHARMAC website www.pharmac.govt.nz/tools-resources/pharmaceutical-schedule/community
a. Chronic respiratory diseases may include: chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema.