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2020 Immunisation Schedule for health professionals

Useful resources for the 1 October 2020 Schedule changes

  Immunisation Handbook 2020 on the Ministry of Health website, there are no printed copies available.

  Immunisation Update, corrected 29 September 2020 from the Ministry of Health.

Click on this link to go to the 2020 Immunisation Schedule changes webinar.

This webinar covered:

  • The new 12 month immunisation event
  • PCV programme tweaks
  • Vaccine brand changes
  • New edition of the Immunisation Handbook
  • National Measles Campaign

Written resources

 National Immunisation Schedule: Changes from 1 October 2020

Provides an overview of the:

  • National Immunisation Schedule from 1 October, including the addition of 12-months immunisation event, use of tetanus-containing vaccines from 7 years throughout adulthood, PCV vaccine schedules and PCV and HPV9 catch-up immunisation, and vaccine brand changes.
  • Change in the preferred administration of MMR, varicella and zoster vaccines to the intramuscular (IM) route and selection of injection sites to administer the 12-months and 15-months immunisations, and a summary of changes to emergency equipment, adrenaline doses and resuscitation training requirements. 

 Questions and answers to support Schedule changes 1 October 2020 and updated Immunisation Handbook guidance

  • Provides background information for the changes to the Immunisation Schedule, preferred IM route for MMR, varicella and zoster vaccines, and emergency equipment, adrenaline doses and resuscitation training requirements. 

  • Answers some anticipated questions around administration of multiple vaccines by the IM route at 12 months and 15 months of age, flexibility with administration of Schedule vaccines prior to their due date, and PMS (patient management system) related questions.

 National Immunisation Information from Medtech PMS provider (patient management system)

 National Immunisation Schedule from 1 October 2020 (A4 Schedule card)

  • Has the National Immunisation Schedule from 1 October 2020 on page 1 and a guide to funded vaccines for special groups on page 2.

 PCV10 (Synflorix) vaccine schedules

  • Clarifies PCV10 vaccine schedules during the transition between a 3+1 dose schedule to a 2+1 dose schedule.


 Three in a row for best protection (A4 poster)

 Provides a visual guide for the administration of three vaccines by the IM route at 15 months of age.



 Management of anaphylaxis – Clinic

 This chart describes the key features and management of anaphylaxis in general practice, immunisation clinics and outreach immunisation settings and includes the recommended adrenaline doses for infants, children, adolescents and adults.

 Management of anaphylaxis – Pharmacy

 This chart describes the key features and management of anaphylaxis in pharmacies and includes the recommended adrenaline for adolescents aged 13 years or older and adults.

General resources updated for use from 1 October 2020

  1. Comparison of possible disease complications and vaccine responses
  2. Early administration of vaccines
  3. Funded vaccines for special groups from 1 October 2020
  4. Guidelines for the management of tetanus prone wounds
  5. Quick answers to frequent Tdap questions
  6. Vaccine ingredients

HealthEd resources

Updated Ministry of Health resources to support the Schedule changes are available from HealthEd (www.healthed.govt.nz)

HE1308 Vaccines for the National Immunisation Schedule

HE1323 Childhood immunisation

HE1309 Immunisation record

For Well Child books not already carrying the current immunisation schedule effective from 1 October 2020.

HE1504 After your child is immunised

HE1221 Immunise – their best protection in English

HE2521 Immunise – their best protection in te reo Māori

HE1327 Immunise your child on time in English

Also available in Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Hindi, Samoan, Tongan

HE1531 Immunise your child on time in te reo Māori

HE1535 Immunise your child on time in Cook Islands Māori

Useful resources from the 1 July Schedule changes

 National Immunisation Schedule 1 July 2020

Shows Schedule changes from 1 July 2020 on page 1 and Schedule changes from 1 October 2020 on page 2

 National Immunisation Schedule changes 2020 – July 2020

Briefly explains the Schedule changes in 2020 and provides answers to frequently asked questions about the changes

Last updated: Sep 2020