Covid spike prompts pick-up in boosters

University of Otago genetic disorders researcher Tim Morgan receives a Covid-19 booster shot from vaccinator Pamela Munro at the Dunedin Immunisation Centre in Hanover St on Saturday.

His partner, Emma Johnston, an administrator at Dunedin Hospital, was also vaccinated.

The couple said they had a Covid vaccine about every six months to top up their immunity levels, and a benefit this time was having improved protection ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Southern associate charge nurse manager Pam Romero said there had been a pick-up in clients since publicity about a spike in infections that was labelled the fifth wave of the virus.

Ms Romero said reasons for getting a booster included people preparing to travel or visit elderly parents or family who were vulnerable.