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More Māori and Pacific peoples eligible for second COVID-19 vaccine booster

16 Nov 2022

Broader second booster access will support higher vaccination rates among Māori and Pacific peoples and provide them with additional protection.

Māori and Pacific peoples aged 40 to 49 will be eligible for a second COVID-19 booster from Friday 18 November to provide additional protection from the virus.

The decision by the Director-General of Health to expand second booster eligibility follows a recommendation from the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group (CV-TAG). Lowering the eligible age to 40 years will help to address health inequity.

Key points

  • Second COVID-19 booster will be available to Māori and Pacific peoples aged 40 to 49, 6 months after first booster.
  • Over 63,000 Māori and Pacific peoples will become eligible.
  • Second booster will be available for this group from Friday 18 November.

Helping reduce serious illness

Recent data reveals Māori and Pacific peoples remain at higher risk of severe outcomes from the virus. Over 63,000 people will immediately become eligible for the second COVID-19 booster.

First and second boosters help to reduce the chance of more serious illness and hospitalisation, so we strongly recommend people book in for the vaccines they are eligible for.

There is clear evidence that the burden from COVID-19 has fallen unevenly, and Māori and Pacific peoples are over-represented in COVID-19 hospitalisations with that risk increasing from the age of 40 years.

The broader second booster access will help support higher vaccination rates among Māori and Pacific peoples and provide them with additional protection.

Second boosters can be given at least 6 months after a first booster, and at least 3 months after a COVID-19 infection.

Based on current advice, for those who are not at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a 2-dose primary course and a booster dose continue to provide very good and lasting protection from severe illness. By being more targeted in the rollout of the second booster, we can help reach the people that need it most.

Get your booster

First and second booster vaccines are available through walk-in and booked appointments at Māori and Pacific providers, pharmacies, general practice and other locations across Aotearoa. Appointments can be booked at BookMyVaccine.nz(external link) or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.

We continue to review new information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines as it becomes available, and will make further updated recommendations if necessary.

COVID-19 vaccines


People are encouraged to go to local pharmacies and GP surgeries for vaccinations and boosters.


Vaccination sites:

Life Pharmacy Masterton

Queen Street, Masterton

Phone 06 377 1296

12 years and over

Monday - Friday
8.45am - 5:15pm

9am - 12.45pm

Walk in or book online

Te Whatu Ora (Health NZ) 

Home visits arranged by phoning 0800 829 924


5 years and over

Our mobile teams will happily travel to your home, work place or community group, to provide vaccinations and boosters.

Unichem Southend 

Phone 06 377 3891

NOTE: Pharmacy is open for general business 7 days a week.


12 years and over

Monday - Friday
9.15am - 5pm

Walk in or book online

Duncan's Pharmacy
Phone 06 377 0090

45 Queen Street, Kuripuni, Masterton

12 years and over

Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm

Walk in or book online 

Carterton Pharmacy
Phone 06 379 8244

100 High Street, Carterton

12 years and over

Bookings preferred

Monday - Friday
9am - 4.30pm

Walk in or book online

Greytown Medical Centre
Phone 06 304 9012

30 Bidwills Cutting Road, Greytown

12 years and over

5-11 year olds
2pm - 4.30pm

9am - 11.45am


Novavax is available to anyone eligible (18+, 1st and 2nd dose only) in Masterton.


Would you like a home, work place or marae visit?

Our mobile teams can visit anyone who needs a home or work-based vaccination and boosters. Chat to us on 0800 829 924.


For Rapid Antigent Tests (RATs) please go to your local pharmacy. Rural locations in the Wairarapa region have RATs supplies at these locations:

Tinui Cafe, Castlepoint Store, Riversdale Store, Maatange Tapuhi, Riversdale, Mauriceville, Pirinoa, Ngawi and Te Wharau.

Want to learn more about why we vaccinate? Click HERE

To see how your area is progressing with vaccinations, click HERE

Supportive tool for people with disabilities - The manaakitanga journey to getting vaccinated Click HERE

It's important to remember that any communications about COVID-19 and the vaccine will come only from the Ministry of Health or other trusted sources.


Misinformation, scams and frauds exploiting COVID-19 may arrive in the form of an email, text, phone call or through social media. Trust your source!

Want to know more about New Zealand's Vaccine Pass and International Vaccination certificate? Click HERE

Find more information on providers and services in your area on Healthpoint. Click HERE