Is it time for your third booster shot?

People who are 18 years and over, and have had their first two Pfizer shots at least 4 months ago, can now get their third ‘booster’ dose – either by attending a walk in clinic or by booking an appointment via the Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. From 17 January, appointments for booster shots can be booked online at BookMyVaccine.nz.

You can check when you are due for a booster by visiting mycovidrecord.nz or referring to your purple COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card.  

People at high risk of severe disease or exposure to COVID-19 are particularly encouraged to get their booster dose as soon as possible. This includes border and health care workers, especially with the cases of Omicron that have been identified in MIQ, Māori and Pacific peoples, those aged 65 years and over, and those with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19.   

For severely immunocompromised people who have already received their third primary shot, you can access a booster fourth dose 4 months after receiving your third jab.

The Government has reduced the gap between getting a second vaccine and a booster dose from 6 months to 4 months; this is one of several measures to protect Aotearoa New Zealand against the Omicron variant of COVID-19. A third dose is likely to offer great protection against transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the chance of more serious infections

An AstraZeneca booster is also available at least 4 months after the second dose and requires a prescription. You can get a prescription at the vaccinating AstraZeneca clinic or prior to your appointment with your preferred GP. Visits to GPs for a prescription for an AstraZeneca booster are free. 

For more information about booster shots, see the Ministry of Health website.

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