What does fully vaccinated mean?

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Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5 and over can get a free COVID-19 vaccine now. You can get a vaccination at any traffic light setting.

Being fully vaccinated refers to having a single or double dose of a recognised vaccine. The dosage depends on the type of vaccine. Eight vaccines commonly administered overseas are recognised for workers who fall under a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination order.

The recognised vaccines are:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
  • AstraZeneca (Oxford)
  • AstraZeneca/Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
  • Moderna
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech).

Workers covered by the mandate in New Zealand need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have had the Janssen vaccination overseas, you are fully vaccinated with 1 dose.

If you have had 1 dose of any of the other vaccines, you will need to have a second dose to be fully vaccinated. You are able to get a Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine as your second dose.

For more information regarding recognised vaccines, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/vaccinations-and-work/.

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