Free flu vaccinations
Free flu vaccinations will be available to ALL Fire and Emergency personnel, including volunteers, From 1 April.
Around one in four New Zealanders are infected with the flu each year. Make sure you’re prepared for the flu season and plan your vaccination early. While it is optional, getting the flu vaccination means you can better protect yourself, colleagues and loved ones from getting sick.
Process for career personnel
This portal article explains the process for career personnel. More details will be available mid-April, but the vaccine is generally provided at your workplace, or by visiting a local medical centre or pharmacy.
Your Safety, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator will issue a communication to let you know the details.
Process for volunteer personnel
How to get your free flu vaccination
Fire and Emergency volunteers can use any of these three options to get their vaccination.
Free text FLU to 8783 and receive a code to show at one of the listed sites when you go to get your vaccination.
Go to https://demo.vitalityhub.co.nz/fenz and get a voucher emailed to you. You can either print this or show it on your phone at one of the listed sites when you go to get your vaccination.
Pay to get your vaccination done anywhere. Keep your receipt and go to https://demo.vitalityhub.co.nz/fenz to fill out a reimbursement form and get your money back.
Where to get your free flu vaccination?
Visit https://demo.vitalityhub.co.nz/fenz-sites to see a list of participating vaccination sites.
If there’s no vaccination site listed near you, text NEW to 8783 or email Flu@fireandemergency.nz with the name and/or location of the pharmacy or medical centre you want added.
You can be reimbursed for flu vaccinations done anywhere, just keep your receipt.
Note: only Unichem and Life Pharmacies can be added and not all Unichem or Life Pharmacies offer vaccinations.
What else do you need to know?
Make sure to call your participating pharmacy or medical centre ahead of your visit to check if an appointment is needed, and if they have vaccinations in stock.
If you are getting your vaccination at a pharmacy, you will need to complete a consent form. You can either complete it at the pharmacy, or print and complete it in advance.
When getting your vaccination, you will be asked to provide your name, region and brigade. This will be used to confirm you are eligible for a free vaccination and to record how many vaccinations are given and who receives them.
Check out the fightflu website for more information about influenza and the vaccination.
And remember - don’t get it, don’t spread it. To prevent spreading the flu or any other illness, especially during flu season, make sure you wash your hands and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.