Get your second dose

Whether you get the Pfizer vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is important to get 2 doses for the best protection from COVID-19.

When to get your second dose

Pfizer vaccine

The standard gap between doses of the Pfizer vaccine is 3 weeks or more.

For children aged 5 to 11, the recommended gap between doses is 8 weeks or more.

AstraZeneca vaccine

The standard gap between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is 4 weeks or more.

Novavax vaccine

The Novavax vaccine needs 2 doses. You will need to wait at least 3 weeks before getting your second dose. 

How to book your second dose

Follow the same steps as for booking your first dose, either online or over the phone. You will be asked if you have had your first dose, and which type of vaccine it was.

You can also choose to get your second dose without booking an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through vaccination centre.

If you are immunocompromised

Some people over the age of 12 who are severely immunocompromised will be eligible to get a third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This third dose will be optional, but is recommended.

Find more information on how to get a third primary dose

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