The Pfizer booster dose is now available.
You can get the booster at least 6 months following your second dose. You need to be aged 18 and over.
The protection provided by the Pfizer vaccine wanes over time, particularly from 6 months after your second dose.
A booster dose can improve the protection from infection provided by the original vaccinations. This helps to prevent you from getting very sick if you do get COVID-19, and reduce the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers.
The protection for severe disease and death is maintained with the primary course but a booster helps protect you from getting the virus.
Currently, booster doses will not be mandatory for workers who are required to be vaccinated. They are also not required to get a vaccine certificate used to access events, gyms, churches, hairdressers, and other services and premises.
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. This primary third dose is different to a booster dose for the general population.
Regardless of which COVID vaccination you have had overseas, you can receive a booster dose. If you are in New Zealand, aged 18 and older and it is at least 6 months following the second dose you will be eligible for a booster dose.