Booster doses

Booster doses

Information on the availability of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Why do I need a booster?
Because it’s the best way to ensure you are as protected as you can be against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalisation and death. Vaccines slow down the sp...
Are booster shots safe?
Yes! All COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or authorised in South Africa are proven to be safe. Billions of people around the world have been safely vacc...
I’ve had COVID-19: do I really need a booster?
Yes – your COVID-19 immunity, whether from an injection or an infection, starts to fade after about six months, so a booster will keep your immune system st...
How do booster shots work?
When you are vaccinated against COVID-19, your immunity doesn’t last forever – after some time, it starts to fade. So, a booster shot brings your immunity u...
Who should get a booster?
Everyone older than 18 years of age can get boosted.
If I am 18 – 49 years old, how many booster shots do I need?
Persons 18 years and older will be eligible to receive an additional booster dose providing that a period of at least 180 days has elapsed since they receiv...
If I am 50 and older, how many booster shots can I have?
Persons 18 years and older will be eligible to receive an additional booster dose providing that a period of at least 180 days has elapsed since they receiv...
If I have a weakened immune system, how many booster shots will I need?
Adults (18 years and older) who are registered on the EVDS as being immunocompromised will be eligible to receive the additional booster doses providing tha...
What are the side effects of the booster shot?
They’re exactly the same as getting your original vaccine – although you can respond differently each time you receive a booster. Common side effects includ...
Can you “mix and match” vaccines? In other words, can you get Pfizer and J&J shots?
You can get a mixture of the J&J and Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 in South Africa. You just have to be fully vaccinated with one, then ask for the o...