Covid-19

February 2022 Update

We are offering Rapid Antigen Testing as well as PCR testing from Monday 28th February 2022. Please ring us if you have any cough, cold, runny nose, sore throat, extreme fatigue, body aches or any other respiratory symptoms OR if you are a Household Contact.

Please note if you are a close contact – you no longer need to isolate.

Covid-19 testing is free of charge, unless it is for the purpose of entering another country there will be a fee. Click here for more details.

If you test positive, please visit this link for more information.


Life at red – January 2022

All of New Zealand is now operating at the ‘red’ traffic light setting.

Red is not a lockdown, but there are restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

You will always be able to access basic needs services, such as healthcare.

You must wear a face covering in health facilities – this includes all visits to your doctor or nurse.

Wear a face mask

Face masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19. You should wear one whenever you can. COVID-19 spreads by droplets, so face masks are a way we can protect ourselves and others.

More about life at red


COVID-19 Vaccines and Record – Update November 2021

Newtown Medical Centre is continuing to provide COVID-19 Vaccines on Wednesdays from 10am until 5pm for all registered patients 12 years and older.

Please ring us on 04 389 9955 to book in a time that suits you. We are booking 1st, 2nd and 3rd doses (Boosters and 3rd Primary Doses). Please note that third Primary doses and booster vaccines are different.

  • The COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group has recommended that individuals aged 12 and older with severe immunocompromise receive a third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The third primary dose is optional but recommended.
  • Also – if you are over 18 you will be able to access a booster dose the same way you got vaccinated with your primary course (for most people, a primary course is two doses). You will be eligible once 6 months have passed since your primary course.  

To arrange your third Primary dose, the first step is to book a free phone or face to face consultation with your doctor to discuss your eligibility.

To arrange your Booster, you can ring and book into one of our regular clinics, so long as it has been 6 months minimum since your 2nd dose.

Booking the AstraZeneca vaccine

From 26 November, you will be able to book your appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at BookMyVaccine.nz

If you select AstraZeneca, the site will show a list of vaccination centres where AstraZeneca can be given. Not all sites are equipped to deliver this vaccine – Newtown Medical Centre will not be offering AstraZeneca.

If you’re unable to book online, you can call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week). We’ll make the booking for you and answer any questions. Interpretation services are available if you need them.

My Covid Record: Proof of vaccination status

Through the My Covid Record website you can now request two official records of your COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • My Vaccine Pass for use in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • International Travel Vaccination Certificate for overseas travel

Login to My Covid Record →

Please log in the My Covid Record to make your account and request this information.


Level 4 – Covid-19 Update

As of 11;59pm Tuesday 17th August the Wellington region will enter into a 3 day lockdown. .

Consultations will mainly be done over the phone over the next 3 days, if you need to be seen face to face please call the medical centre first. Our front door will be locked and everyone will be asked to wear a mask. If you do come into the building please keep 2m apart from each other, wash and dry your hands and sneeze and cough into elbows. If you have cold and flu symptoms, please stay home and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on being tested. 

You may be offered a COVID-19 test. Please say Yes To The Test, the test is free. Continue to keep track of where you have been by using the NZ Tracer app.

We request that you only call the medical centre if you have a need we can assist you with directly. We are experiencing large numbers of phone calls so please be patient if you are calling us. 

All prescriptions can be sent directly to your pharmacy so make sure you let us know who your pharmacy is when ordering.

If you are leaving an order on our script line remember to include who your pharmacy is so we can send the script directly there for you pick up.

This is a great time to join Manage My Health so you can order scripts and see your results online.

At level 4 – How you can help us keep everyone safe

You can also help us with this by:

• Avoiding unnecessary trips to the medical centre

• Calling us before you come in

• Answering our screening questions as you enter the building; we are actively not letting people into the medical centre without screening for COVID symptoms, please be kind to the staff doing this screening, it is to keep us all safe

• Arriving for your appointment at the time arranged; this helps us keep the number of people in the waiting room to a minimum, with social distancing recommended by the Ministry of Health

• Not queuing outside the medical centre, respect the 2 metre rule to keep us all safe.

COVID Vaccination Update: August 2021

Newtown Medical Centre is offering COVID vaccinations to our Group 3 and Group 4 populations, aged 16 and older. Our COVID Clinic’s run on Wednesdays all day. Please ring us on 04 389 9955 or visit reception to book in your appointment. Please note there is no cost for the vaccine.

Getting your second dose

For the best protection, it’s important to get 2 doses of the vaccine. The standard gap between doses is now 6 weeks or more.

Early findings from a small number of well-designed studies show that an extended gap between doses of the Pfizer vaccine gives at least an equally robust immune response.

There will be some exceptions. For example, if you are on a specific clinical treatment plan or are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, you may be advised to have a shorter gap between doses.

The minimum gap between doses will continue to be 21 days.

If you have already booked and the gap between your appointments is less than 6 weeks, you can keep the second appointment or choose to change it. The important thing is to get 2 doses of the vaccine to be fully vaccinated.

Porirua Pacific Festival Days: Vaccination Update

Pacific people have been prioritised in Group 3 for COVID vaccination, to get vaccinated early and before other groups. If you are aged 55 or older are a Pacific or Maori person, please see attached information:


COVID Vaccination Update: Group 3

The Ministry of Health has begun vaccinating Group 3 population. Newtown Medical Centre does not have the vaccine yet – we will update you if and when we receive this.

People in Group 3 will be getting vaccinated over the next few months. You do not need to do anything at the moment.  The plan is that everybody in Group 3 will be invited to book their vaccination appointment by the end of July.

As of today, 4th June, only Māori and Pacific people aged 55+ and their family are being contacted to make their appointments. This could be through a text message, by email, letter or phone call.

You could also be invited to book an appointment by a Māori or Pacific health provider, a community or faith leader, or from a disability organisation.

For more information and updates, please visit https://www.rph.org.nz/public-health-topics/vaccinate-greater-wellington/getting-vaccinated/wellington-porirua-the-hutt-valley-and-kapiti/

Please note this website cannot  be used  to make appointments.


Find out when you can get a COVID-19 vaccine

There is a plan to provide a free COVID-19 vaccine to protect everyone in New Zealand. People at greater risk will get the vaccine first.

How to use this tool

If you’re 16 or over, answer these questions to find out when you can get a vaccine. Your result will tell you which group you’re probably in — Group 1, 2, 3, or 4 — depending on your age and situation.

These dates are estimates — the actual start times will depend on when vaccines are delivered. Changes may also happen if we get new information that affects how the rollout will work.

Go to calculator here.