Changes to eligibility for free COVID-19 healthcare

From 13 February, you may need to pay for COVID-19-related visits to your healthcare provider.  If you are at risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19 you will still get free healthcare.  With the Omicron variant circulating, most people can recover at home. This is due to very high vaccination … Read more

COVID-19 Vaccine for young children aged 6 months to 4 years

Children aged 6 months to 4 years who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can get a free COVID-19 vaccination.  Young children get a children’s (paediatric) version of the Pfizer vaccine. It has a lower dose and smaller volume. It is also given using a smaller needle.  To … Read more

The Pfizer vaccine

Find about the Pfizer vaccine and how you can get vaccinated.  About the Pfizer vaccine  The main COVID-19 vaccine we are using in New Zealand is made by Pfizer-BioNTech. It is also known by its brand name, Comirnaty.   It is an mRNA-based (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine. It does not contain … Read more

Getting your booster dose

Learn about booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines, when you need one and how to get it.  About booster doses  If you are 16 years old and over, you are eligible to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.   If you are 18 years old or over, you can get … Read more

Your questions answered in NZSL – Booster & Omicron

Why is a booster needed? So I understand that some people are feeling frustrated that they’ve already had two vaccines and now we’re asking you to also get the booster. For Omicron the booster is really important, because over time our immunity does wane and so by having the booster it … Read more

Everything you need to know about the PFIZER BOOSTER

Why I need a booster   While two doses are likely to provide a good degree of protection against severe disease from Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants for some time, a booster dose is likely to offer greater protection.   Current evidence shows your protection against infection after the primary vaccination course … Read more