HNZ: HSU dataset change | Changing from Zostavax to Shingrix | Vaccination booths | Regular updates

HNZ: HSU dataset change | Changing from Zostavax to Shingrix | Vaccination booths | Regular updates

Dear health sector friends, advocates and colleagues,

Happy Friday!

Please share this week’s updates with your networks where appropriate.

HSU dataset change

Yesterday we advised Stats NZ had published peer review into Health Service User (HSU) data use for COVID-19 vaccination reporting. You can find more information about the review on this webpage.

We also confirmed that from Monday 8 August, we will be using 2021 HSU data for our reporting. While this means a technical decrease in reported vaccination rates overall due to the larger number of eligible New Zealanders being identified, it does not mean any fewer people have been vaccinated. Read the media release here:

Updated health user information informs COVID-19 vaccination programme – Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand 

Changing from Zostavax to Shingrix

Pharmac recently advised that the vaccine funded to treat shingles will soon switch from Zostavax to the Shingrix brand for currently eligible people. You can find out more here.

Next week IMAC is hosting a webinar for vaccinators about this change. Please pass this information on to your relevant networks.

Date: Tuesday 9 August 5:30pm
Register here: 


Vaccination booths

From today (Friday 5 August) the cost of vaccination booths ordered via Bluestar will no longer be covered by the National Immunisation Programme. The booths will still be available (via the Bluestar portal), but in a ‘user pays’ format. If you wish to order a booth, you will need to email Please pass this message on to your networks. 

Regular updates

Weekly vaccination data

Our latest Māori and Pacific COVID-19 vaccination data is now available here.

This week’s flu vaccination data is available here

Update on collateral on Dropbox

Don’t forget we have a range of collateral you and your providers can use to promote vaccinations. Please feel free to share this link and the collateral widely: Dropbox NIP – vaccine resources

We have had a reshuffle and are now sharing the consent forms and policy statements for health professionals in a separate folder in the above link. Please note we have recently added te reo Maori translations for Flu, Covid-19 and MMR consent forms.

Many thanks again for your help as always and have a lovely weekend.

Ngā mihi nui,


Sandy Thambiah

Senior Adviser, Engagement

National Immunisation Programme

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