COVID-19 Vaccine for Construction Workers

Each District Health Board around New Zealand is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine and you may have seen pop-up drive-through vaccine centres in your area.

'Evidence currently shows the effectiveness of 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against illness due to Delta infection is about 88%, and the protection against hospitalisation due to Delta infection about 96%.'

Essential construction workers such as plumbers, electricians, glaziers and roofers (who could be called out for emergency work in Alert Level 4) can utilise the pop-up drive-through vaccine centres and do not require any prior bookings. 

In Auckland, Airport Park & Ride and Trust Arena site are both good options even during Alert Level 4. Most vaccination centres request that you:

  • Wear a mask when you visit the vaccination centre
  • Bring your NHI number
  • Bring your bubble – the more people in your car, the more prioritised you will be
  • Public health workers at the site are giving first vaccinations only
  • Follow instructions from the traffic-management team on site
  • Even when the line looks long, it’s moving quickly
  • To be sure you get in before the site closes, arrive 1 hour before they close
  • If you’ve been at a location of interest in the current outbreak, DO NOT visit any vaccination centre until you have received a negative test result

You can find more information about regional vaccine centres here

The COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations document includes the following requirement ‘Vaccinations are now widely available for most New Zealand workers. Businesses should ensure that their workers understand the importance of vaccination as a prime protection against becoming severely ill because of the virus.’

If you are an employer of a small/medium specialist trade and would prefer to arrange a work bubble group vaccine, email

You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine here.

[Image courtesy of Towfiqu Barbhuiya]

Find your regional vaccine centre here