Booster Dose

Booster doses are available to anyone aged 18 or older who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.

Healthcare and border workers are priority groups for booster vaccines because large numbers of them completed their vaccine course more than six months ago.

We will also make sure older people and kaumātua, including people in residential care, have good access to booster doses when they become eligible.

Booster doses are not urgent. Two doses provide good protection, including after six months.

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. Severely immunocompromised people receiving additional primary doses of Pfizer vaccine will need to wait for at least 6 months after their additional primary dose before getting a booster.

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


When can I get my booster dose?

The Pfizer booster dose will be available from 29 November. You can get the booster at least six months after your second dose. You need to be aged 18 and over to get a booster dose.

How can I get my booster dose?

To avoid a potential wait, we encourage you to book your booster dose by using the 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, particularly from six months after your second dose.

A booster dose can restore the protection provided by the 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.

Is it mandatory to get a booster dose?

No. Currently, booster doses will not be mandatory for workers who need to be vaccinated.

Boosters are not needed to get My Vaccine Pass to access events, gyms, churches, hairdressers and other services and premises when we move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework/Traffic Light System.