Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Novavax available from tomorrow

New Zealanders awaiting the arrival of Novavax to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to make an appointment online or by phone from tomorrow.

“A shipment of more than 250,000 Novavax COVID-19 vaccines (Nuvaxovid) has arrived in New Zealand and preparations are well advanced for some vaccination centres to be able to offer it next week,” Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins said today.

Novavax will be available for people aged over 18. It requires two doses, with a three week gap. It has not been approved as a booster dose, the Minister said.

“While the Pfizer vaccine remains the preferred COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand, Novavax is now available for those people who would prefer, or require, an alternative.”

People are able to book a Novavax vaccine through BookMyVaccine.nz or by calling Healthline from Thursday 10 March, with the first vaccine appointments available at a limited number of sites from Monday 14 March. For more information: https://www.health.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccines-getting-novavax

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