COVID-19 vaccine 

Treatment injury claims for COVID-19 vaccinations

ACC has recently noticed an increase in claims for treatment injuries related to COVID-19 vaccinations. These are mostly being declined because they are expected side-effects of the vaccine, such as inflammation at the injection site. Claims are more likely to be accepted if they aren't usual or ordinary, for example cellulitis, septic arthritis, and anaphylaxis resulting in injury. Read their update.

People with compromised immune systems or receiving treatment for cancer and the vaccine 

Many people take medication that suppresses their immune system, especially for the treatment of cancer, severe asthma, autoimmune diseases, or following organ transplantation. Others have medical conditions that can affect the immune system, such as HIV infection or kidney failure.

These conditions put you at increased risk from COVID-19, and although you may not respond as strongly to the vaccine as someone with a fully functioning immune system, it is safe for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and it will provide some protection against COVID-19, particularly against severe, life-threatening disease.

It is important and safe for those receiving active treatment with immunosuppressive medications to have the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are severely immunocompromised, it is recommended to talk to your GP or specialist to discuss the optimal timing for vaccination before the vaccine appointment. Ideally, vaccination should be conducted prior to any planned immunosuppression.

It is also important for the people around you, in your household, to have the vaccine when it is offered to them to widen your protection.

For information about Cancer care and COVID-19 vaccine see Te Aho o Te Kahu (Cancer Control Agency) information here

Vaccine webinars

  • On Wednesday, 3 February 2021 the College hosted Dr Nikki Turner, College Fellow and Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre for a COVID-19 vaccine webinar. She was joined by President Dr Samantha Murton and Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty. View the webinar recording (member login required).
  • On Monday, 5 July the College hosted Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall and Dr Joe Bourne  from the Ministry of Health. We were joined by GPs Dr Rachel Thomson (Te Kaha) and Dr Brett Hyland (Auckland) who shared their experiences of setting up a rural and urban COVID vaccination system. The team were hosted by College President Dr Samantha Murton and medical director Dr Bryan Betty. View the webinar recording. (member login required). 

Expert Opinions

The College has a repository of expert opinions about COVID-19 on this page.