Online bookings for Covid-19 vaccine boosters are opening, while the Department of Health has changed advice for certain at-risk populations.
Earlier this month, the ministry reduced the interval between the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine and a booster from six months to four months
From today anyone aged 18 and over who has received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine can now book their free booster dose online at BookMyVaccine.nz or by calling the Covid-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.
Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield has urged those eligible to receive their booster dose as soon as the fourth month has passed since the second, to get better protection against the Omicron variant.
“Even if it’s been less than four months since your second dose, you can still book ahead to ensure you get your preferred date and time once you’re eligible.”
The ministry encouraged people to check their eligibility for a booster by visiting mycovidrecord.nz or referring to their Covid-19 vaccine appointment card.
According to ministry figures, more than 82% of vaccinated New Zealanders will be eligible for a booster by the end of February.
Yesterday, 752,742 people received a booster dose.
The ministry warned that those using the Healthline reservation system could encounter queues.
Ministry updates advice for pregnant and immunocompromised people
The ministry has also changed its booster advice for pregnant women and those who are severely immunocompromised.
Bloomfield said the booster was available to pregnant women four months after their second dose and encouraged people to discuss the booster dose with their midwife or GP.
“Pregnant women are at high risk of serious consequences from Covid-19 infection, and those who are not vaccinated are more likely to have complications during pregnancy if they contract Covid-19,” he said. -he declares.
“The Pfizer booster vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy at least four months after the second dose, and we encourage pregnant women to discuss timing with their midwife, obstetrician or GP. “
Immunocompromised people who received a third dose of the primary vaccine in October last year are also now eligible for a booster four months after their last shot.
Bloomfield said the department was working hard to reach those most at risk of serious illness or exposure to Covid-19 – including those working in the health and border sectors.