Booster Dose

New Zealanders aged 18 or older can now receive a Pfizer booster at least 3 months (93 days) after completing their primary course (for most people this will be two doses but for those who are immune compromised this might be three). 

The interval between completing your primary course and the booster dose has been reduced from 4 months (122 days) to 3 months (93 days) to shore up our defences against Omicron. 

Those aged 16 and 17 are now eligible for boosters, provided it has been at least six-months since your second dose.

A booster dose is particularly recommended for 16 and 17-year-olds who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms and hospitalisation – including those who are immunocompromised or living with a family member who is immunocompromised, and Māori and Pacific rangatahi.

Current evidence shows your protection against infection after the primary vaccination course decreases over time. Getting a ‘top up’ vaccine after your two doses helps boost your immunity against COVID-19. 

The Pfizer vaccine is the primary vaccine being used in New Zealand for booster doses, even if you had a different vaccine for your earlier doses.

If you are immunocompromised

Booster doses are different from additional primary doses for severely immunocompromised people. 

More information can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website: Third primary dose if you are immunocompromised

FAQs

When can I get my booster dose?

You can get the booster at least three months after your second dose. You need to be aged 18 and over to get a booster dose.

Those aged 16 and 17 are now eligible for boosters, provided it has been at least six-months since your second dose.

How can I get my booster dose?

To avoid a potential wait, we encourage you to book your booster dose by using the BookMyVaccine.nz website. 

You can also drop-in at a vaccination centre or a general practice or pharmacy that offers COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Why do I need a booster dose?

The protection provided by the Pfizer vaccine wanes over time, especially six months after your second dose.

A booster dose can restore the protection provided by your original vaccinations. This helps to prevent you from getting very sick if you do get COVID-19, and this will reduce the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers, keeping beds free for people who need hospital care for a range of conditions.