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Ministry of Health clarification re observation period after influenza vaccinations

Ministry of Health clarification re observation period after influenza vaccinations

Monday, April 11, 2022


In response to queries from the sector, the Ministry has clarified the observation period required after influenza vaccinations.

The advice is: If the vaccination setting is such that a person can safely complete a full 20 minute observation period, then they should do so.  

The reduced post-influenza vaccination observation time is a temporary measure introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent possible infection in a crowded waiting room.

While many people aged 13+ will have a reduced observation period following vaccination, they should only walk, take public transport or be driven by another person for 20 minutes after their vaccination. It is important that this message is given to those being released after a five-minute observation period. After 20 minutes, they can drive themselves, cycle or use other mobility devices. There remains a risk of syncope after any vaccination and thus consumers must not operate a vehicle or heavy machinery during this time.

(This information was sent by MoH to RNZCGP on 7 April 2022)