The wait time between shots has been reduced, and also allows people to choose which vaccine they’d like as a booster.

People who got a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jab can return after two months for a booster and those who got Pfizer can line up for a third dose after three months.

Research shows that taking a different vaccine for the booster dose(s) could offer you even more protection against the virus.

The health department says people should try to stick to the brand they originally got vaccinated with.

But, there’s also nothing wrong with getting boosted with a different brand of jab than the one you got vaccinated with first.

The latest research shows that taking a different vaccine in round two could help your body protect you even better from the virus.

Why is that?

Vaccines work in different ways. They don’t all provide the same type of protection at the same level.

For example: J&J is better at giving you long-term protection against falling very ill with COVID.

mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer are best at protecting you from getting infected in the first place.

Combine these jabs, and the benefits you get are multiplied.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is also in favour of mixing vaccines since this option can also take pressure off countries' supply. 


This video from Bhekisasa provides a useful video explainer: