Vaccines work by training the immune system in advance so that the body can quickly recognise and fight against viruses it is exposed to that can cause serious illness.
Vaccines not only protect you but contribute to protecting those around you and the entire community. Now as everyone in Australia is available for vaccination, you might have some questions. Here’s what you need to know.
I want my shot! What do I do?
Good news! All people over the age of 16 in Australia are eligible for vaccination.
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. You can view vaccination clinics and make a booking. If can’t find a clinic or make a booking that suits you, please check back later. New clinics and appointments are being added all the time.
If you are aged over 60, the AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine is prioritised for you.
You can book an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine if you are:
The Pfizer vaccine is also recommended for you if you are:
- 12 to 15 years old and in a priority group
- 16 to 59 years old.
- Pregnant and/or
- Under 18. AstraZeneca is not approved for people under 18 at this stage.
You can also call the national Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080
for details about which clinic to call but call centre staff are unable to book an appointment on your behalf.
Who can get the AstraZeneca vaccine?
In line with advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) the AstraZeneca vaccine is prioritised for people aged 60 years and over.
However, people aged 18 and over can book an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine by providing informed consent. If is recommended you speak with your vaccine provider or GP. Some conditions may mean it is not suitable for you and it is important that you discuss this with your health care provider.
The best vaccine is the vacccine availble to you right now. You can use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to see when and where you can get your shot.
I’ve had my first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine; can my second shot be Pfizer?
If you are aged under 60 years and have already had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and did not experience abnormal side effects, ATAGI recommends you still receive your second AstraZeneca dose. This will provide you with greater coverage against severe illness from COVID-19.