Tararua Health Group (Tararua Doctors)

Tararua doctor

and nursing


Tararua doctors and medical centre

Our Tararua doctors and nurses can help you with all of your health care needs.
We provide modern, convenient and continuous care.




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(06) 376 6466 — Pahiatua Medical Centre

You can book our Tararua doctor and nursing services online. Appointment times are available on our patient portal. Not registered on the portal? Please speak to reception staff.

COVID-19 vaccine

Immunisation against infectious diseases has been more effective in preventing illness and death than any other medical intervention.

Tararua Health Group supports the New Zealand government’s COVID-19 immunisation program as current research data shows the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for patients.

You can book your COVID-19 vaccine online here or by calling 0800 28 29 26.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccines needed to be rolled out quickly, but that does not mean safety was compromised. The Pfizer vaccine we are using in New Zealand is held to the same high safety standards as any other medicine.

COVID-19 vaccines are the most well-studied vaccines ever made. Nearly 50% of the world’s population have had a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 3 million people in Aotearoa have had their first Pfizer vaccine. This means we have lots of data to show the Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety.

How was the COVID-19 vaccine created so quickly?

There are many reasons COVID-19 vaccines were able to be made quickly.

  • Scientists had a head start because of all the research already carried out on related viruses.
  • Governments, private companies and funding agencies have spent a lot of money. This means more could be done in a short space of time.
  • Researchers and governments from different countries shared information and worked together.
  • More people than usual volunteered for clinical trials. Some clinical trials were done at the same time, instead of one after another.
  • Large manufacturing plants were built so more vaccines can be made faster than was possible before.
  • Researchers could show the vaccine worked sooner than usual, because there are so many cases of COVID-19.

What you need to know about the Pfizer vaccine

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe if I have a health condition?

The Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety for people with underlying health conditions.

You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated if you have a condition like cancer, diabetes, kidney disease or heart disease. This is because if you catch COVID-19, you are more likely to get seriously ill and end up in hospital.

You cannot get the Pfizer vaccine if you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to an ingredient in the vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated.

Vaccine advice if you have a health condition

Ingredients in the vaccine — Ministry of Health

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am sick?

If you are unwell on the day of your appointment, you will need to reschedule it. You can be vaccinated once you are well again.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a test and stay at home until you get your results. You can be vaccinated once you have a negative test.

Reschedule your appointment

Can I still get COVID-19 if I have the vaccine?

Getting 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine means you are much less likely to catch COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

As with any vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine may not fully protect everyone who gets it. However, if you do catch COVID-19, the vaccine will give you a high degree of protection from serious illness. This means you could have no COVID-19 symptoms, or will have much fewer, milder symptoms, and recover faster.

Vaccine effectiveness and protection — Ministry of Health

Can I pass COVID-19 onto other people if I am vaccinated?

We know it is a lot harder for the virus to spread between people who are vaccinated. To be safe, however, we must assume there is still a risk of transmission.

This is why it is important to continue taking extra safety measures, such as wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly, after you have been vaccinated.

Vaccine effectiveness and protection — Ministry of Health

Will I get side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Like all medicines, you might experience some mild side effects in the days after getting your vaccination. This is common, and a sign that your body is learning to fight the virus.

Most side effects do not last long, and will not stop you from having a second dose or going about your daily life. Some side effects may temporarily affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

Some side effects are more common after the second dose.

Find out about reporting side effects

Common side effects

In the clinical trials, common side effects were reported in every 1 in 10 to 1 in 100 people. These include:

  • pain or swelling at the injection site
  • feeling tired or fatigued
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • redness at the injection site
  • nausea.

Uncommon side effects

In the clinical trials, uncommon side effects were reported in every 1 in 100 to 1 in 1,000 people. These include:

  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • feeling unwell
  • insomnia.

Rare side effects

Temporary one-sided facial drooping has been reported as a rare side effect, affecting every 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 10,000 people in the clinical trials.


Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle wall and is another known rare side effect of vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine. The risk of developing myocarditis is higher if you become infected with COVID-19 than as a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine.

Symptoms of myocarditis can include:

  • new onset chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • abnormal/racing heartbeat.

It is important that anyone who experiences these symptoms seeks medical attention promptly.

To date, the rate is highest in young men but can occur in people of all ages after the first or second dose.

There are many other possible causes of myocarditis, and the most common cause is a viral infection, including COVID-19.

Learn more about side effects — Ministry of Health(external link)

Allergic reactions

If you have had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any vaccine or injection in the past, tell your vaccinator when you arrive. Serious allergic reactions do happen but are extremely rare.

What does provisional approval mean?

The Pfizer vaccine has been provisionally approved by New Zealand’s medicines safety authority, Medsafe.

This means it has met international standards for quality, safety and efficacy, and Pfizer must provide ongoing data to Medsafe.

The main parts of the clinical trials are complete, and Pfizer is continuing to monitor the long-term use of the vaccine until 2023.

It is not unusual for medicines to have provisional approval before the end of clinical trials. A common example is anti-cancer medicines.

Medsafe will continue to check that the safety of the vaccine is the same as seen in the clinical trials. This is the same process for all medicines being used in New Zealand.

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The Dannevirke Community Midwives are on Facebook. And we're sharing useful health information.

Health literacy is defined as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand, basic information health information and services needed to make informed and appropriate health decisions."

Alongside treatment, it's one of the most important aspects of the health care our midwives provides. And we're now using Facebook to help clients obtain and process health information in a modern, convenient manner.

We’re using our timeline to share informative posts, health initiatives, urgent practice updates and useful recommendations.

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You can book our Tararua doctor and nursing services online. Appointment times are available on our patient portal. Not registered on the portal? Please speak to reception staff.

Tararua Health Group will use different approaches and resources to achieve equitable outcomes for the people we serve.


PO Box 275
Dannevirke, 4942
New Zealand


P: (06) 374 5691
P: (06) 376 6466


Hours vary across practices.
Hospital services available 24/7.
Visiting hours dependent on situation.