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17 Jan 2022 11:17
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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for Kiwis over the age of 18 from today

    The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for Kiwis over the age of 18 from today


    One-hundred-thousand doses of AstraZeneca arrived from Australia last week - enough for 50-thousand people.

    It offers an option for those with medical reasons not to have the Pfizer jab.

    The Immunisation Advisory Centre's Director says both vaccines perform very well - but are very different.

    Nikki Turner says Pfizer is an mRNA vaccine, and codes our cells to make protein that will trigger an immunise response.

    She says AstraZeneca is a vector vaccine - where a genetic piece of material is inserted into an inactivated virus.

    Pfizer booster shots for fully-vaccinated people can also be booked from today.

    © 2022 Newstalk ZB, NZCity

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