18 Sep 2021

Chris Smith: are vaccine passports a good idea and should we have a booster?

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 18 September 2021

Our regular commentator, Cambridge University consultant clinical virologist Dr Chris Smith joins us with the latest Covid-19 science, and to answer your questions.

Also this week: the UK government has scrapped plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events. They have also announced that they will be offering Covid booster jabs to 30 million people from next week, saying boosters should be given at least six months after the second dose. Meanwhile the US is intending to roll out top-up shots from around eight months after second dose – should we embrace a booster? 

Send your questions for Dr Chris Smith to saturday@rnz.co.nz or text 2101.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a press conference at Parliament on August 31, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said this week he'd like to see a vaccination rate of 90 percent or more among eligible New Zealanders. Photo: Hagen Hopkins - Pool/Getty Images