Published: 23 September 2021
Vaccinations are free and are one of the most powerful tools against COVID-19. If you are aged 12 or over, you can book now.
Vaccinations are also available at some other general practices, local pharmacies, churches and marae, Hawke's Bay Pop-ups
The recommended gap between first and second doses has been extended to six weeks.
New bookings made through Bookmyvaccine.nz and via the COVID Vaccine Healthline 0800 28 29 26 now default to six-weeks between first and second doses.
If you have already been fully vaccinated and had your two doses closer together than six-weeks, then that is great news. The Pfizer vaccine is highly effective if people have both doses, three-six weeks apart (around 95 percent).
If you already have vaccinations booked that are less than six weeks apart, you can keep your second appointment, or choose to change it. Either way the important thing is that you get two doses of the vaccine to be fully vaccinated.
There will be exceptions to a six-week gap and people can change the timeframe between doses to be shorter than six weeks. For example, someone travelling overseas is better to get fully vaccinated than to wait. However, vaccine doses must be at least 21 days apart.
To offer a good experience to you and remove the likelihood of long waiting times, we need to know how many people are coming to the clinics. We also need to order enough vaccine for each clinic day and venue and ensure that we have the right number of staff onsite. To minimise wastage we are carefully managing our vaccine supply to ensure we have enough for the people who already have appointments.
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