The flu: how to stay well this winter 

This year the flu will be in our communities but many people who are most at risk of getting  very sick can get a FREE flu vaccine from their GP clinic, local pharmacy or community vaccination event.

The free flu vaccine is available for all Pacific people aged 55 and older, pregnant women, children aged 3 – 12 years, people with ongoing health problems like diabetes, asthma, heart conditions and other long-term illnesses, and people with serious mental health or addiction needs. Find out more about who is eligible here.  

  Flu vaccination locationsFull winter wellness guide 

COVID-19 - Important information

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Record your RAT result online

It's important you and your fanau record your Rapid Antigen Test results. 

This makes it easier for you to receive the right treatment as early as possible as well as support and care during the time you are isolating.

Record your positive result online at My COVID Record  or by calling  0800 222 478 and pushing 3.

If you are isolating with COVID-19 and need extra support please phone the Pacific community team on 0800 31 13 31.

Isolating at home with COVID-19 

This information will help you look after yourself and your loved ones while you recover. Additional support around food, essential items, finances and looking after your mental wellbeing, is available if you need it.

Whānau HQ COVID Care 

COVID Care Quick Guide in English COVID Care Quick Guide in Pacific languages 

Vaccinate for your village

Getting vaccinated is still the best protection against COVID-19 for you and your fanau. Find your local vaccination centre 

If you have had your 1st and 2nd dose, it's time for your booster. Your booster dose increases your protection against COVID-19 and reduces the likelihood of passing COVID-19 on to others.

  • People 18 years old and over can get their booster three months after their second dose.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds can get a booster dose six months after their second dose.
  • Children aged 5 to 11 can have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart.

The above information gives the recommended wait times between vaccinations. If you have questions talk to your GP or Nurse or phone the Pacific COVID-19 vaccination healthline on 0800 21 12 21.

Second booster

 It is recommended that people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, have a second booster at least 6 months after their first booster. This includes all Pacific peoples aged 50 years and over.

Find out who else is eligible and how to get your second booster here

Support for Pacific Peoples

If you have any questions, or need help or support call 0800 21 12 21 to talk to a Pacific team member about COVID-19 vaccinations, 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.


Find out more information in Pacific languages:



Food Banks

A food bank directory is available on the Prepare Pacific website. 

Food Banks - Prepare Pacific

Flu resources

Find resources and information on flu in Pacific languages:

Cook Island MaoriEnglishNiueanSamoanTongan

Other resources
Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Prepare Pacific

Find Information, updates and advice about COVID-19 and vaccination in Pacific languages.

Unite against COVID-19

The latest information and advice about COVID-19 for Pacific communities.