Boost your protection against COVID-19
As we head into winter, it’s important to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
What does this mean for you, your family and your community? The Department of Health has the answers to your questions about booster and winter doses.
Why are COVID-19 boosters important?
Boosters are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19. Reminders not only increase your protection against serious illness, but also help to continue to protect your loved ones and community from COVID-19.
The protection against COVID-19 provided by your primary vaccination will diminish over time. However, as seen globally, staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations means you are:
- less likely to contract COVID-19, and
- much less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 than unvaccinated people.
You can receive the first COVID-19 booster dose if you completed your primary COVID-19 vaccination cycle at least 3 months ago.
Speak to your doctor or visit health.gov.au to find out more about eligibility for booster doses.
What is a COVID-19 winter dose and do I need one?
You should receive another COVID-19 booster dose, also called a winter dose, if you received your booster dose 4 months ago and you are:
- 65 or older
- a resident of a care facility for the aged or disabled
- severely immunocompromised
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and 50 years of age or older.
If you had COVID-19 after your first booster, wait at least 4 months before having a winter dose.
Should I wait between the Influenza (flu) booster dose and COVID-19?
COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time as the flu shot. However, if you are not yet eligible for your booster or winter dose, you should not delay your flu vaccination.
What type of booster vaccine should I receive?
The Comirnaty vaccine (Pfizer) is approved and recommended for booster doses in young people aged 16-17 years.
If you are 18 or older, ATAGI recommends Pfizer or Spikevax (Moderna) vaccines for boosters.
You may also receive the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine as a booster dose only if recommended by your healthcare professional.
The Nuvaxovid (Novavax) vaccine is not currently approved as a booster dose.
Where can I get a booster dose?
COVID-19 booster and winter doses are available free of charge at medical clinics, participating pharmacies, Indigenous community-controlled health services, and government vaccination clinics.
To make an appointment, talk to your doctor, visit the vaccine clinic locator or australia.gov.au or call 1800 020 080 and press 8 if you need an interpreter.
Authorized by the Australian Government, Canberra.
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