Ministry of Health Immunisation Update

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Making sure everyone who needs an influenza vaccine can have one

If someone is eligible for a funded influenza vaccine, they can receive this for free regardless of whether they choose to be immunised at their local GP or somewhere else.

Influenza vaccinations are funded for people who: 

  • are 65 years or over 
  • are pregnant
  • have a health condition such as diabetes or heart disease that puts them at greater risk of influenza.

You can claim for funded vaccinations administered through to 31 December 2021. Claims must be submitted within eight months of the administration date.  

Reimbursement arrangements extended for employee influenza vaccinations 

The Ministry of Health will reimburse eligible employers of health and disability workers for the costs of immunising their staff against influenza. You must submit claim for reimbursement by 30 September 2021. 

Employers can claim costs incurred for influenza vaccination, as supported by appropriate documentation, to a maximum of $35+GST per person.

Eligibility for reimbursement 

Reimbursement is available 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 received an employer-funded influenza vaccination at work (not including one reimbursed by the Ministry of Health in 2020).

Employers can fill out the form in the link below and email it to [email protected] 

Click on this link to down load the GST Invoice Template for Influenza Reimbursement (Excel, 22 KB) file

Click on this link to read the full emailed Ministry of Health Immunisation Update.