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Second COVID-19 booster

Sunday 28 August 2022 3:47pm

COVID‑19 vaccinations are your best protection against COVID, making you much less likely to become very unwell and less likely to transmit the virus to others.

A second booster for those at risk of severe illness from COVID‑19 is now available. The second booster must be a minimum of 6 months after the first booster and if you have had COVID‑19, must be 3 months post infection.

The following people are recommended to receive a second booster as a priority:

  • Severely immunocompromised people who received a three-dose primary course and a fourth dose as a first booster (noting this would be a fifth dose for these people)
  • People aged 16 years and over who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe breakthrough COVID‑19 illness
  • People aged 16 years and over who live with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities
  • Māori and Pacific peoples aged 50 years and over
  • People aged 65 years and over

In addition, a second booster is also available for:

  • Health, aged care and disability workers aged over 30 years
  • All people aged over 50 years

The flu and COVID‑19 have a lot in common, they can both cause fever, cough, body aches and both can be asymptomatic, mild, severe or fatal. The vaccines that protect against the flu and COVID‑19 are different and people need both.

Where to get a booster COVID‑19 vaccination

The University Occupational Health and Safety team will be providing vaccination clinics on campus for staff and students – times TBA.

The Southern Health website has a directory of all COVID‑19 vaccination locations in Otago and Southland:

COVID-19 vaccine clinics – Southern Health

To find a vaccination location outside the Southern District, visit the Book My Vaccine website:

Book My Vaccine

Where to get a flu vaccination

Contact your local health provider or pharmacy.