It's recommended you wait 3 months to get vaccinated, or finish your course, after getting COVID-19 to maximise immunity. The recommendation applies to all ages and COVID-19 vaccinations in New Zealand.
Waiting for 3 months after you test positive for COVID-19 can give you better protection and an increased immune response to the vaccine.
However, If you are at high risk of severe disease if you catch COVID-19 again, it’s recommended that you talk to your GP or other specialist for advice on timing of your next dose. It might be appropriate for you to receive your COVID-19 vaccine sooner than 3 months.
The best timing for your next vaccination can vary, so talk to your doctor, health provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 first.
The vaccine will still provide a boosting effect whenever it is given. However, if your antibody responses are still high from a recent infection, the relative benefit from a booster dose may be lower than if you wait for 3 months. It is recommended at 3 months because we know by then that your own antibodies are starting to drop again.