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Canterbury DHB does not charge for COVID-19 vaccinations. If anyone asks for money, it’s a scam.

Sunday 19 September 2021Media release1 minute to read

Canterbury DHB does not charge for COVID-19 vaccinations. If anyone asks for money, it's a scam.

Police have received reports of two people going door-to-door in Christchurch offering COVID-19 vaccinations for a fee

This is not a legitimate service. Anyone approached in this manner should call 105 immediately.

The following statement has been issued by the Ministry of Health, 19 September 2021

Covid-19 Vaccinations are being offered free to every eligible New Zealander who chooses to receive them. All vaccinations are being led by locally by District Health Boards and are delivered by healthcare service providers in their communities, such as GPs, pharmacies, whanau ora and other legitimate providers.

Therefore, anyone trying to charge for vaccinations, or arriving unannounced and going door to door claiming to be from the Ministry of Health and offering vaccinations is not legitimate. This is a scam and should be reported to Police.

While in some cases, home vaccinations may be being offered by DHBs for those unable to make it to a clinic, this would not occur without prior contact from their healthcare provider. 

Remember, COVID-19 vaccinations are completely free.

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