Peter McIntyre

Medical Advisor

Prof. Peter McIntyre


Professor Peter McIntyre is a Paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases as well as an Epidemiologist. He has been working in clinical and public health aspects of vaccines and immunisation programmes since completing a PhD in epidemiology of Hib disease in 1995.

In 2021, he was awarded the Doctor of Medical Science degree for 66 papers on vaccine coverage, safety and effectiveness. He is a Professor at the University of Otago, an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland and is ranked by expertscape as in the top 0.03% of experts in immunisation worldwide. 

Peter moved from Australia to Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2018 and has been a Medical Advisor within the Immunisation Advisory Centre since 2019, advising on clinical vaccination and vaccine safety questions in all age groups. In 2019 he was appointed as one of the 15 members of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) in vaccination of the World Health Organisation. SAGE provides advice on vaccine policy to the WHO Director-General.

Peter has research experience in vaccine trials, epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, and measuring vaccine coverage and safety. His previous research has focused on pneumococcal and pertussis vaccines. Peter’s current research in Aotearoa includes a clinical trial of inhaled MMR vaccine, maternal immunisation and influenza. 

Outside medicine, he is in love with the New Zealand outdoors and enjoys film, theatre and poetry along with trashy crime novels.

Peter is happy to discuss clinical or research questions regarding COVID-19 or other vaccine-preventable diseases with health professionals, journalists and students.