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Covid-19 vaccine boosters available from Monday


Hayley Toumohuni receives a candy cane from Santa at the Covid-19 Drive Through Vaccination clinic at Aorangi Park on Saturday.

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Hayley Toumohuni receives a candy cane from Santa at the Covid-19 Drive Through Vaccination clinic at Aorangi Park on Saturday.

People aged 18 or over who had their second jab at least six months ago, can get their Covid-19 booster shot from Monday.

South Canterbury District Health Board chief executive Jason Power said latest research showed that antibody levels decreased and reduced protection after six months from the second dose.

Power said the booster was different to the third primary dose recommended for people who were immunocompromised.

He said he wanted to encourage anyone who has had their second dose at least six months ago to book their booster appointment now.

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“After six months your immunity from two doses may wane, and booster vaccine doses will reduce the risk of severe disease caused by Covid-19, which will reduce the burden on hospitals and other healthcare providers, and protect those doing jobs that put them at high risk of exposure to Covid-19.”

As with the start of the vaccine roll out, healthcare and border workers will be prioritised for the booster.

“They are at the front line of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and large numbers had their primary doses at least six months ago,” Power said

He said the Pfizer vaccine was the primary vaccine used in the country for the booster, and it did not matter if someone had been administered a different brand for their earlier doses, they still needed the booster.

Ian Brady, of Pleasant Point, receives a vaccine at the Covid-19 Drive Through Vaccination clinic at Aorangi Park on Saturday.

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Ian Brady, of Pleasant Point, receives a vaccine at the Covid-19 Drive Through Vaccination clinic at Aorangi Park on Saturday.

To book a booster ring your GP or go to BookMyVaccine.nz or phone 0800 28 29 26 between 8am and 8pm any day of the week.

For a full list of vaccination services in South Canterbur,y go to healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination/south-canterbury.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will also be available from Monday for anyone aged 18 or over as it has not been approved for anyone younger. The second dose of AstraZeneca can be given between four and 12 weeks after the first. The AstraZeneca vaccine is not being offered as a booster.

AstraZeneca offers another vaccine option in the country.

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AstraZeneca offers another vaccine option in the country.

AstraZeneca is available at the walk in Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at 18 Woollcombe St, Timaru.

South Canterbury is 3,512 doses away from the eligible population being 90 per cent fully vaccinated. To date, 43,814 people have been double dosed and 47,546 have had their first dose. There are 52,584 people eligible for the vaccine in the South Canterbury catchment area.

Nationally, as at 11.59pm November 26, 3,872,472 (92 per cent) have had their first dose and 3,569,405 (85 per cent) are fully vaccinated.

Medsafe has not approved the Pfizer booster shot for children under 18.



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