Get your vaccine booster

Learn about booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines, when you need one and how to get it.

Who can get a vaccine booster

You can get a free booster now if:

  • you are aged 18 or over, and
  • you are fully vaccinated, and
  • it has been at least 4 months since you completed your primary course (for most people, this is 2 doses).

Check when you are due for a booster

To find out how long it has been since your second dose:

How to get your booster

When you arrive for your booster, the date of your last vaccination will be checked in the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR).

Why you should get a booster

We are encouraging everyone aged 18 and over who has been fully vaccinated for at least 4 months to get a free booster now. Speeding up the booster rollout is one of several ways we are protecting Aotearoa New Zealand from the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

While a 2-dose course provides some protection against severe disease from the Omicron variant, a booster is likely offer greater protection by reducing the chance of more serious infection and the risk of transmitting it to others.

At this stage, there is no data available on how long you are protected against infection and disease following a booster dose. Health officials will continue to review information as it becomes available.

About the Omicron variant | health.govt.nz (external link)

If you are pregnant

If you are pregnant, aged 18 years and older, it is recommended you receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine to help protect you and your baby against the effects of COVID-19. The booster can be given at any stage of pregnancy, at least 4 months after your primary course (for most people, this is 2 doses).

You should discuss the timing of a booster with your midwife, obstetrician or general practitioner.

Vaccine advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

If you are immunocompromised

The booster is different to the third primary dose recommended for people who are immunocompromised. People eligible for a third primary dose can access a booster dose 4 months after receiving their third primary dose.

Vaccine advice if you have a health condition

Which vaccine you will be given

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

An AstraZeneca booster is also available at least 4 months after the second dose, but you will need a prescription. You can get a prescription at the vaccinating AstraZeneca clinic or before your appointment with your preferred doctor. It is free to visit the doctor for an AstraZeneca booster prescription.

What you need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine

Booster side effects

Side effects of booster doses are like those from primary vaccine doses. These include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, nausea and feeling tired or fatigued.

Side effects

When boosters are mandatory

Vaccination status certificates

You are not currently required to get a booster to be eligible for a My Vaccine Pass or International Travel Vaccination Certificate.

My Vaccine Pass

International Travel Vaccination Certificates

Workers covered by the Mandatory Vaccinations Order

We expect to be able to confirm and provide more information about mandatory boosters in January 2022.

Vaccinations and work

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