Change to Recommended Vaccine Dose Gap

To enable more people to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine faster, the Ministry of Health is recommending a longer gap between the first and second dose, from three weeks to six weeks or more.

If you have already had your two doses closer together than six-weeks, you have received great protection against COVID-19.

If you have vaccinations booked that are less than six weeks apart, you can keep your second appointment or choose to change it.

The important thing is that you get two doses to be fully vaccinated.

The vaccine rollout is on track to make the vaccine available to everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over by the end of the year.

To make or change a booking, go to, or phone 0800 28 29 26.

If you have booked with your GP or pharmacy, contact them.

Effective from 12 August 2021

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