Comirnaty™ (Pfizer/BioNTech) is a vaccine that protects against COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
- Name: Comirnaty™
- Manufacturer: Pfizer/BioNtech
- Type of vaccine: mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
- Number of doses: 2 given from 8 weeks apart (minimum 21 days), additional and booster doses as age appropriate
- New Zealand availability: The Government has guaranteed that every New Zealander will have access to this vaccine.
How Comirnaty is made and what it contains
On this page you will find:
- What type of vaccine is the Comirnaty vaccine is
- How mRNA vaccine technology works
- How the vaccine is made
- What the vaccine contains
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How the vaccine works and the protection it provides
On this page you will find:
- How mRNA vaccines, like Comirnaty, work
- How protective is this vaccine?
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Comirnaty general resources:
Guidance supporting the administration of mRNA-CV vaccine
Comparison Chart - mRNA-CV Comirnaty vaccines v9
Instructions for multi-dose vial Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine: preparation and administration
Comirnaty FAQ section:
Please visit here for all frequently answered questions on the Cormirnaty vaccine.
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High risk 6 months to 4 years old COVID resources
On this page, you will find resources for vaccinating high risk 6m to 4yrs with Comirnaty (3mcg) 6m-4yrs maroon cap.
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5 to 11 years old COVID resources
On this page, you will find resources for vaccinating 5 to 11-year-olds.
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Comirnaty 12 years plus (purple cap) has been replaced with 2 grey cap vaccines
The Comirnaty 12+ purple cap vaccine has now been replaced by two grey top vaccines:
- Comirnaty 30mcg 12+ grey cap, which replaces the purple cap for primary courses
- Comirnaty 15/15mcg grey cap, the bivalent vaccine which will be used for boosters.
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Medsafe Comirnaty age 5-11-year-olds (orange cap)
Medsafe Comirnaty grey caps
Comirnaty 30mcg 12+ Primary course
Comirnaty 15/15mcg 16+ Boosters.
Be careful to get the latest datasheets - here is the MedSafe datasheet search page.
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- Thompson M, Burgess J, Naleway A, et al. Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and Frontline Workers — Eight U.S. Locations, December 2020–March 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 2021.
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- Comirnaty data sheet https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/c/comirnatyinj.pdf
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- Shimbabukuro T, CDC-COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. COVID-19 vaccine safety update. March 2021. 2021 1 March 2021.Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/slides-2021-02/28-03-01/05-covid-Shimabukuro.pdf
- UK Health Security Agency. (2021). COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report Week 40. [last update 7 October 2021; cited 14 October 2021] Available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccine-weekly-surv…
- Nordström P, Ballin M, Nordström A. Association between risk of COVID-19 infection in nonimmune individuals and COVID-19 immunity in their family members. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2021. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.5814