Get your COVID-19 vaccination

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5 and over can get a free COVID-19 vaccine now. You can get a booster if you are aged 16 or over.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

Everyone in New Zealand aged 5 or over can get a free COVID-19 vaccination. It does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is.

Children under 5 cannot get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Which COVID-19 vaccine you will get

Pfizer is the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for use in New Zealand.

If you are 18 years of age or older and either cannot get the Pfizer vaccine or want a different option, you can get the Novavax vaccine.

You will be given the option to choose your vaccine type when you book. The Novavax vaccine is not available at all vaccination sites.

Whichever vaccine you get, you will need 2 doses.

COVID-19 vaccines used in New Zealand

Side effects

Like all medicines, you might experience some mild side effects in the days after getting your vaccination. This is common, and a sign that your body is learning to fight the virus.

Side effects of COVID-19 vaccines

Booster doses

Why you need to stay up to date with your vaccinations

Having COVID-19 does not provide the same level of immunity as getting vaccinated. We also know that your protection from the primary course of the vaccine decreases over time.

To keep your immunity levels high, stay up to date with your vaccinations — including boosters. This will lower your chances of getting very sick from COVID-19 and ending up in hospital.

Boosters provide an extra layer of protection to previous vaccination and help your immunity be stronger and last longer.

If you have had COVID-19 and are eligible for a booster, you can get it 3 months after you tested positive.

Book your booster

Who can get a first booster

You can get a first booster if you:

  • are aged 16 or over
  • have completed your primary course of the vaccine (for most people, this is 2 doses).

If you are aged 16 or 17, you can get a Pfizer booster 6 months after your last dose.

If you are 18 or over, you can get a Pfizer booster 3 months after your last dose, or a Novavax booster 6 months after your last dose.

Who can get a second booster

You can get a second booster if you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

This includes:

  • all people aged 50 and over
  • healthcare, aged care and disability workers aged 30 and over
  • residents of aged care and disability care facilities
  • severely immunocompromised people who received a 3-dose primary course and a fourth dose as a first booster (this would be a fifth dose for these people)
  • people aged 16 and over who live with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities
  • people aged 16 and over with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

If you are eligible, you can get your second booster 6 months after your first booster.

Medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 | Ministry of Health (external link)

If you are not eligible for a second booster

A second booster is not yet needed by younger people who are generally healthy and do not have underlying health conditions. This includes people who are currently healthy and pregnant.

If you are not considered at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a 2-dose primary course and a booster dose provides very good protection against severe illness from COVID-19.

Book a COVID-19 vaccination

Book online

It is free, fast and easy to book or change your appointments using the website Book My Vaccine.

Book My Vaccine (external link)

Before you book, check the appointment availability map. It can show you where vaccination sites are, how soon you can get an appointment, and which vaccine types are available.

Appointment availability map | bookmyvaccine.health.nz (external link)

If you need help

If you have problems booking or need to change your details, email booking@vaccine.covid19.health.nz

Book over the phone

The COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline is available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

You can ask for an interpreter if you need one.

Call: 0800 28 29 26

Change or cancel an appointment

You will need your booking reference to reschedule or cancel an appointment online. If you cannot find your booking reference, you can reschedule or cancel over the phone.

You can find your booking reference in the confirmation email or text you received when you booked. Check your inbox for an email from booking@vaccine.covid19.health.nz or your phone for a text from 2328.

Cancel or change your booking online | bookmyvaccine.health.nz (external link)

Call: 0800 28 29 26

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