Love Your Neighbour as Yourself – Get Vaccinated

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the free Pfizer vaccine is now being offered to members of the public, starting with those most at risk.

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are urging people get vaccinated to protect themselves, their whanau, and the community.  In getting the vaccine, you will also be protecting those who cannot receive the vaccination, such as those with underlying health conditions and young children.

The Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective, and it has been given to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

At the request of the Bishops, Te Kupenga Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics has created a collection of resources about the vaccine which answer some commonly asked practical, scientific, and religious questions about it.  These resources include:

  • A one-page FAQ pamphlet available in English, Samoan, and Tongan that answers 12 frequently asked questions about the vaccine.
  • A website with more detailed answers to each of these 12 questions.
  • A short video introduced by Bishop Patrick Dunn, involving various members of the Catholic community, about the vaccine.
  • Material for inclusion in school e-letters and for posting on school websites.

All the resources, including the video, are available at