Rotorua doctors and medical centre
Our Rotorua doctors and nurses can help you with all of your health care needs.
We provide modern, convenient and continuous care.
8:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday — (07) 348 3002
You can book our Rotorua doctor and nursing services online. Appointment times are available on our patient portal. Not registered on the portal? Please speak to reception staff.
Immunisation against infectious diseases has been more effective in preventing illness and death than any other medical intervention.
Ruatahi Medical Centre supports the New Zealand government’s COVID-19 immunisation program as current research data shows the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for patients.
We are not taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, but we will update you as soon as we have more information.
The New Zealand government has a plan to provide a free COVID-19 vaccine to protect everyone in New Zealand. People at greater risk will get the vaccine first.
If you’re 16 or over, answer these questions to find out when you can get a vaccine. Your result will tell you which group you’re probably in — Group 1, 2, 3, or 4 — depending on your age and situation.
These dates are estimates — the actual start times will depend on when vaccines are delivered. Changes may also happen if we get new information that affects how the rollout will work.
The New Zealand government is committed to putting in place the right systems and services, so it’s easy and convenient to get a COVID-19 vaccine. They will offer different options to make getting a vaccine as easy as possible. These include:
- pop-up centres
- Māori and Pacific providers
- mobile clinics
- community clinics.
At this stage, we are unsure of the logistics of providing the COVID-19 vaccine at our clinic and it is likely you will receive your two doses at a pop-up centre.
Clinical trial data from the pharmaceutical company indicates that Comirnaty has been up to 95% effective in trial participants.
As with any vaccine, Comirnaty may not fully protect everyone who gets it. We don’t yet know how long you’ll be protected for, or if it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus.
The Ministry of Health is looking at data from other countries about the impact new strains may have on how effective the vaccines are.
The Pfizer vaccine will not give you COVID-19. There is also no possibility it could affect your DNA/genes.
In New Zealand, applications for all new medicines (including vaccines) are assessed by the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe).
Medsafe is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in New Zealand. They are part of the Ministry of Health.
Medsafe will only approve a vaccine for use in New Zealand once they are confident it complies with international standards and local requirements for quality, safety and efficacy.
There is no ‘emergency use authorisation’ in New Zealand.
As data to support the longer-term safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines is not yet available, any approvals are likely to be provisional. This means there may be restrictions on how the vaccine can be used and who it can be offered to.
If a vaccine is granted provisional approval, pharmaceutical companies must provide more information (from clinical trials, for example) as it becomes available.
The Pfizer vaccine is a mRNA-based (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine.
30µg of a nucleoside modified messenger RNA encoding the viral spike (S) glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2
These ingredients make up the lipid nanoparticle which is the transport mechanism for the active ingredient to make it inside a cell without being broken down.
- 0.43 mg (4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate)
- 0.05 mg 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide
- 0.09 mg 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine
- 0.2 mg cholesterol
These ingredients help make sure the vaccine pH is close to that of human cells.
- 0.01 mg potassium chloride
- 0.01 mg monobasic potassium phosphate
- 0.36 mg sodium chloride
- 0.07 mg dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
This ingredient protects the lipid nanoparticle at very cold temperatures (-80 degrees celcius that the vaccine is stored at).
6 mg sucrose
Talk to our clinical team first if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- are receiving cancer treatment
- have any other medical conditions or are taking other medicines.
While we may not have all the answers to your questions, we are committed to helping you make an informed decision for your unique health situation.
The safety of all medicines approved for use in New Zealand is checked by the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe).
Medsafe will continually review any COVID-19 vaccines being used and take appropriate action if any risks are identified.
Medsafe uses information from many different sources to check vaccine safety including:
- clinical and epidemiological studies
- case reports
- published literature
- pharmaceutical companies
- other regulatory authorities.
Like all medicines, COVID-19 vaccines may cause side effects in some people. This is the body’s normal response and shows the vaccine is working.
The most common reported reactions are:
- pain at the injection site
- a headache
- feeling tired or fatigued
- muscle aches
- feeling generally unwell
- joint pain
These are usually mild and won’t stop you from having the second dose or going about your daily life.
Flu shots are available now
Flu is not a mild illness. It can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from caring for others, going to work, doing sport, attending church or just about anything that requires leaving the house.
New Zealand’s 2021 flu vaccine protects against four strains of flu virus – two influenza type A strains and two influenza type B strains:
+ A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
+ A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
+ B/Washington/02/2019-like virus
+ B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
Throughout the year, the World Health Organization monitors the different flu strains around the world and each year decides which strains are likely to cause flu in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Flu vaccine manufacturers make each year’s vaccine by growing lots of these viruses, mostly in hens’ eggs. They then inactivate the virus and extract the bits that are needed to make the vaccine.
+ Does not contain any live viruses and so cannot cause flu.
+ Does not contain any preservatives, thiomersal or mercury.
+ Contains only very tiny amounts of egg protein and is safe for people with egg allergies
Dr Hina Chandra
Dr Anne Dibley
Dr Lise Griffith
Dr Lisa Hughes
Dr Liz Powell
Health Care Assistant
Exceptional Rotorua doctor and nursing services. Affordable prices.
We ask for payment on the day. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the fees stated on this website are correct, our practice provides a wide range of services and additional charges may apply. Extra fees will apply for extended or long consultations. Please advise if you require a longer appointment time.
"Good, friendly service at front desk. Premises are clean and always tidy and doctors are very friendly and helpful."
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1271 Hinemoa Street,
Bay Of Plenty 3010
P: (07) 348 3002
8:30 AM — 5 PM
Monday to Friday