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Boosters key to protecting New Zealanders from Omicron in 2022

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New Zealanders are urged to make getting their booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a New Year’s resolution as Auckland’s biggest vaccination centre reopens.

On 5 January 2022, the interval between the second dose and the booster reduces from 6 months to 4 months. From this date, anyone aged 18 and over who had their second vaccination at least four months ago can have their booster dose. “Speeding up the booster rollout is a key part of our response to Omicron,” says Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield. “The shorter interval means more than 82 per cent of vaccinated New Zealanders will be eligible for a booster by the end of February 2022. “More than 326,000 people who were vaccinated in the early part of the rollout

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