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Book a Free Covid-19 Booster at Bargain Chemist
Please select a time that suits you and follow the booking process of adding your details. See below for FAQ on how to make a booking, change or cancel your booking once it has been confirmed.

We are still administering 1st and 2nd Covid-19 vaccinations. Booster vaccinations are now available to be booked at selected Bargain Chemist pharmacies around NZ. 


16-17 Year Old Booster Vaccinations:

Young people ages 16 - 17 years can now receive a free booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after completing their primary course.

You can check when your are due for a booster by visiting


5-11 Year Old Vaccinations:

We are now providing Covid-19 vaccinations for children (5-11 years old) for their first and second vaccinations at Northwood and Tower Junction. Book now via and select Bargain Chemist clinics.


  • Tower Junction clinic: every Friday 3.30pm - 7.15pm.
  • Northwood clinic: every Sunday 10am - 4.45pm.


Important: When can I get my Covid-19 vaccine booster?

The Covid-19 vaccine booster can only be given to those who have received there second Covid-19 vaccine at least 3 months/93 Days prior. This is mandatory and set by the Ministry Of Health. Please refer to your vaccine card for your 2nd vaccination date to plan your booster vaccine appointment.



Christchurch Clinic Changes:

Bargain Chemist Papanui, Tower Junction, Northwood, Eastgate, and Shirley are taking bookings now for booster vaccinations.


We will be closing the following Covid Vaccination clinics from these following dates:

Hornby Closed

Eastgate Closed

Papanui Closed

Shirley Closed

Northwood and Tower junction will remain for 18+ booster and 5-11 year old 1st and 2nd covid-19 vaccinations. These will be open until the 22/04/22. Booking are through and


Bookings for New Plymouth and Manukau:

New Plymouth:

Please book via and select Bargain Chemist for your appointment when booking at our New Plymouth vaccination clinic.


If you are unable to book an appointment at our Manukau vaccination clinic, please visit to see additional availability.


*Alert Levels Lockdown Update*

All Bargain Chemist vaccination clinics will be operating across red, green and orange traffic light system.


To prepare for your appointment under red and orange, follow these 4 steps;


  1. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, this could include; sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell, cough, fever. Please reschedule your appointment and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  2. Arrive 10 minutes before your appointment. Please understand there could be delays during this time.
  3. Must be wearing a mask before entering the Pharmacy under red and orange traffic light system and please sign in by scanning the QR code or signing in on the provided register before entering the pharmacy.
  4. Please maintain a social distance of 2m, arrive at your allocated time and check at the vaccination counter.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Stay Safe.


How much is a Covid-19 vaccine?

FREE, both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and Covid booster vaccine  are free for all New Zealanders.


Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine now

You can book and receive your Covid-19 vaccination now if you are a person that fits within one of the below groups:

  • Tamariki aged 5 to 11 years old will be able to get a their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination from 17 January 2022.
  • Young people aged 12 to 17 year olds need 2 doses of the vaccine, with a gap of 3 weeks or more between the first and second dose. People under the age of 18 are not eligible for booster vaccinations.
  • Adults 18 years and above are required to have 2 doses of vaccine and a booster shot


When can Tamariki aged 5 to 11 years old get their Covid-19 Vaccination?

Tamariki aged 5 to 11 years old will be able to get a their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination from 17 January 2022. 

Tamariki aged 5 to 11 will receive a children’s version of the Pfizer vaccine, with a lower dose and smaller volume. The lower dose was chosen based on a trial that showed the lower dose was safe and had few side effects in this age group.


Do young adults aged 12 to 17 need a booster?

Young people aged 12 to 17 year olds need 2 doses of the vaccine, with a gap of 3 weeks or more between the first and second dose.

  • People under the age of 18 are not eligible for booster vaccinations.


Adults 18 and above and when do I get my booster?

  • Adults will need to have had 2 vaccine doses before being eligible for the booster vaccine.
  • We encourage anyone who had their second vaccination more than 6 months ago to get their booster now. Other people should wait until 5 January. There will be plenty of booster doses available.

* If you are not a New Zealand citizen, please ensure you have a registered NHI number. You’ll find your NHI number on a prescription or prescription receipt, x-ray or test result, or a letter from the hospital. If you have any questions, please visit the Ministry Of Health Website FAQ.


Can I book Booster Vaccination with Bargain Chemist?

Yes, please book your booster vaccine by using the booking form above.


When can I get my second Covid-19 Vaccination?

Six weeks is the new standard time between doses, but this won’t suit everyone’s personal circumstances.  Getting your second vaccine dose earlier than this is safe and effective. Two doses of the vaccine is your best protection. However, vaccine doses must be at least 21 days apart." - Direct from MOH

When attending your second vaccination please remember to bring your vaccination card. You will receive your vaccine card following your first dose.


Can I book my second Covid-19 Vaccination with Bargain Chemist?

Yes, please book your second dose using the booking form above. Don't forget to bring your vaccination card with you.


Does Bargain Chemist accept vaccination walk-ins?

Due to limited capacity walk-ins are not encouraged. Please ring your pharmacy to see if there is availability only if you are unable to book online, as a small number of our pharmacies have started a waitlist.

Gaps between different vaccinations

Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given with other vaccines?
All vaccines (except shingles vaccine) can be given at the same time or immediately before or after the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
These include:
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV, Gardasil 9)
  • Tetanus and whooping cough vaccine (Tdap, Boostrix)
  • Meningococcal vaccines.
  • If given at the same time, you will receive the vaccines at separate places on your arms and with different syringes.

How the vaccine works

Vaccines work by teaching the body’s immune system to respond quickly to infection without being exposed to the infection itself.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is known as a ‘messenger RNA’ vaccine. These vaccines don’t use virus cells at all – instead, they contain a piece of RNA code that essentially teaches your body to recognise the virus. It can respond straight away if you get infected.

The vaccine won’t give you COVID-19 or affect your DNA

It will not give you COVID-19 and it will not affect your DNA or genes. It does not contain any live virus, or dead or deactivated virus.

Covid-19 vaccination FAQ
For more information about COVID-19 and immunisation, read our Frequently Asked Questions below
Where can I currently get a COVID-19 Vaccination?

We are taking vaccination bookings at selected stores only.

Do I need to book online to get an appointment?

Due to limited capacity walk-ins are not encouraged. Please ring your pharmacy to see if there is availability only if you are unable to book online, as a small number of our pharmacies have started a waitlist.

Which group am I under to be in line for a vaccination?
What are possible side effects from the COVID-19 Vaccination?

Common side effects
Like all medicines, you might experience some mild side effects 1—2 days after getting your vaccination.

This is common, and a sign that your body is learning to fight the virus. They don’t last long and won’t stop you from having a second dose or going about your daily life.

The most common reported reactions are:
• pain at the injection site
• a headache
• feeling tired or fatigued.

You may also experience muscle aches, feeling generally unwell, chills, fever, joint pain and nausea. These are more commonly reported after the second dose.

Some side effects may temporarily affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

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How much does the COVID-19 vaccination cost?

This is a vaccination that is fully funded by the Government, there is no payment required.

Is a pharmacist able to administer COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes, we have trained pharmacists to administer vaccinations.

Can I get the vaccination if I am pregnant?

You should discuss your individual situation (particularly if you have other medical conditions) and the
benefits and risks of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant with your midwife or doctor.

If you are pregnant and choose to have the vaccine, you can get early access. This is because people who are pregnant can become very sick if they get COVID-19. It doesn't matter which stage of pregnancy you're in.

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine while breastfeeding.

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Should I still get the vaccination if I am feeling unwell?

If you’re unwell on the day of your vaccination or have a fever over 38°C it’s important to delay your
COVID-19 vaccine until you’re feeling better. If you’re taking antibiotics, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine as long as you’re not feeling significantly unwell from your infection. You may want to talk this through with your doctor.

Can people under the age of 16 get the vaccination?

Parents or guardians that become eligible to book their vaccinations, they can also book for 12 to 15-year-olds in their family.

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How many weeks between vaccinations?

6 weeks between 1st and 2nd vaccinations

Booking FAQ
For more information about booking your Covid 19 Vaccination read our Frequently Asked Questions below
How do I make a booking?

Follow our ‘book now’ link and select a Bargain Chemist store near you. Select a date and time that suits you for your vaccination. Enter your details name, email, phone number.

How do I cancel or change my appointment?

From your confirmation email, you will be able to follow the link to change or cancel your appointment. If you are unable to do this, get in contact with your local Bargain Chemist and pharmacy staff can
reschedule or cancel our appointment over the phone. Rescheduling is subject to booking availability.

What do I do if I miss my appointment?

If you miss your appointment, get in contact with your local Bargain Chemist to let them know to cancel
or reschedule. If you are aware that you can’t make your appointment, you can reschedule through the
link in your confirmation email.

How long does an appointment take?

5 minutes with an observation time of 20 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to be assessed with your completed consent form.

What happens during the appointment?

When you arrive, you will be assessed if you are unwell or not and you will need to fill out a consent form.

A pharmacist vaccinator will discuss your pre vaccination screening and consent form. The immunisation service will be provided in a vaccination area by trained pharmacist vaccinator. You will be required to stay within the pharmacy for a further 20 minutes observation to monitor the unlikely event of an adverse reaction to the vaccine.