Booster Vaccination Doses 

As announced by the Ministry of Health booster covid 19 vaccines are now available 4 months after your second dose for everyone aged 18 years and over

Who needs a Booster?
Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 18 and over will become eligible for a booster vaccine dose 4 months after they finish their primary vaccination course - after your second Pfizer dose. For most people, a primary course is two doses. If you are immunocompromised, you may have had a 3rd dose. You need to wait 4 months after this 3rd dose.  

Booster timing
Fully vaccinated people remain well protected from being seriously ill if they do get COVID-19. While boosters are recommended for anyone who has had their second dose at least 4 months ago.
Current evidence shows that antibody levels against COVID-19 wane over time after the second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose, and that there is a reduction in protection against infection, particularly from 4 months after a primary vaccination course especially for the Omicron variant.
A booster dose is recommended no earlier than 4 months after you finish your primary vaccination course. The COVID vaccine booking systems are designed to make sure there is a gap of at least 4 months before you get a booster for the new Omicron variant.

Effectiveness of boosters
Pfizer has released preliminary trial data indicating that a booster dose showed a relative vaccine efficacy of 95.6 percent against symptomatic disease (predominantly Delta-variant), when compared to those who did not receive a booster (only received two primary doses).
At this stage, there is no data available on duration of protection against infection and disease following a booster dose. Health officials and the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group will continue to review information as it becomes available.

Side effects of boosters
The common mild and transient side effects after booster doses are comparable to those from primary vaccine doses. This includes pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, nausea and feeling tired or fatigued.

If you are immunocompromised
The booster is different to the third primary dose recommended for people who are immunocompromised. People eligible for a third primary dose can access a booster dose 6 months after receiving their third primary dose.

How do I get my booster?
Please book online on as this does make it easier for us to check you in.

If you are unable to book online please just walk in. We will be accepting walk in vaccinations. 

Tips for getting your vaccination

Here are some tips for when you come in for your vaccination.

We offer walk in and a booking system. Once you walk in we will check you in and get you to wait for the vaccinator. We have four vaccinators and can have up to 2 vaccinators at a time doing vaccinations.

When coming in for your vaccination ensure you are well hydrated. Staying well hydrated helps when you get your injection and helps afterwards also. Ensure you are drinking about 1.5-2l of water or 30ml per kg of your body weight.  It is also important to eat something before your vaccination.

If you are bringing kids for their vaccination, ensure they have had something to eat and drink. This is helpful in preventing your sugar levels dropping or you are feeling faint after your vaccination. If you have any needle phobias or feeling anxious let us know when you come in for your vaccination and we can do our best to ensure everything goes smoothly.

It's best to take it easy for the next 2 days. Avoid lifting heavy weights on the arm you had your vaccination and avoid doing a big workout. Its still a good idea to go for your walk and get out in the sun and get some fresh air. It is important to get rest and take it easy as your immune system will be busy creating anti bodies.

If you would like to take a supplement to help after getting your we recommend GFE which is a broccoli sprout powder. Broccoli sprout works on your nfr2 receptor which helps your body produce glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants. Vitamin C and Zinc are also helpful for your immune system.

Most commonly everyone will get a sore arm after their vaccination or feel tried. This is a sign that your immune system is getting activated to create antibodies to the virus. These usually subside by day 3 and it takes about 2 weeks to produce antibodies.

Below is information from the ministry of health regarding side effects


Known side effects

Like all medicines, the vaccine may cause side effects in some people. Most side effects are mild and don’t last long — they're more common after the second dose.

They won’t stop you from having the second dose or going about your daily life. Some side effects may temporarily affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

Common side effects

In the clinical trials, common side effects were reported in every 1 in 10 to 1 in 100 people. These include:

  • pain or swelling at the injection site
  • feeling tired or fatigued
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • redness at the injection site
  • nausea

Uncommon side effects

In the clinical trials, uncommon side effects were reported in every 1 in 100 to 1 in 1,000 people. These include:

  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • feeling unwell
  • insomnia

Rare side effects

Temporary one-sided facial drooping has been reported as a rare side effect, affecting every 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 10,000 people in the clinical trials. 


Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle wall and is another known rare side effect of vaccination with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  

Symptoms of myocarditis can include: 

  • new onset chest pain 
  • shortness of breath 
  • abnormal/racing heartbeat

It’s important that anyone who experiences these symptoms in the first few days after vaccination seeks medical attention promptly.

There are many other possible causes of myocarditis, and the most common cause is a viral infection, including COVID-19.

The risk of developing myocarditis is higher if you become infected with COVID-19 than as a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine.  

More about how the Pfizer vaccine was developed and approved


When you’re likely to experience a side effect

Most side effects show within a day or two after being vaccinated.


If you feel: 

Pain at the injection site, a headache and feeling tired and fatigued. These are the most commonly reported side effects.

This can help: 

Place a cold, wet cloth, or ice pack on the injection site for a short time. Do not rub or massage the injection site.

When this could start:

Within 6 to 24 hours


If you feel: 

Muscle aches, feeling generally unwell, chills, fever, joint pain and nausea may also occur.

This can help: 

Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Seek advice from your health professional if your symptoms worsen.

When this could start:

Within 6 to 48 hours


If you feel: 

New onset chest pain, racing heart, or shortness of breath

This can help: 

Speak to your health professional promptly if you develop any of these symptoms.

When this could start:

Within 14 days


If you’re concerned about how you’re feeling

If you’re unsure about your symptoms or if they get worse, call Healthline:
Phone 0800 358 5453.
If you’re concerned about your safety, call 111. Tell them you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccination so they can assess you properly.