The Super Saturday event takes place this weekend right around the country, and where vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies will be open later hours so that everyone can head along and get their vaccine.

More than 58 percent of people in New Zealand are fully vaccinated and 82 percent of people have now had at least one dose of the vaccine. However, to ensure communities are safe as many people as possible need to get their two shots.

If you haven’t got around to getting your first shot yet, get it done this week, so that you’re fully vaccinated in time for summer. Even if you can’t make it along to Super Saturday, it’s really easy to do: you can book online at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. 

Some vaccination centres don’t even require a booking – you can simply turn up and get your shot when it suits you. Check out covid19.govt.nz to find somewhere close to you.

People who are waiting for their second dose can take part in Super Saturday too. If it’s been more than three weeks since your first dose, you can take advantage of Super Saturday to get fully vaccinated – there’s no need to wait the full six weeks until your original appointment. Just make sure that if you do get your second dose this week, you cancel your booking so someone else can take the spot!

More than two million New Zealanders are now fully vaccinated, and if you’re one of them, there are still ways you can support the vaccination rollout. You chat with family members about getting your vaccine and encourage them to get theirs, or offer to book an appointment for someone who is having trouble doing it on their own. Every extra person who gets vaccinated is another layer of protection for our communities, so your actions will make a difference. 

Some people might still be a little unsure about getting the vaccine, and that’s OK. It’s important to get the right information to help you make the best decision for you and your family. If you do have questions or want more information before making up your mind, you can find reliable, accurate information, along with advice from medical experts, at covid19.govt.nz. You might also like to check in with your GP or health provider with any specific questions you have.