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Why should you get vaccinated
Vaccines are safe and effective in protecting people from falling very sick with COVID-19. It is important for you keep up to date with vaccines to ensure maximum protection against the virus.
Who can get vaccinated
Everyone aged 5 and above is eligible for vaccination. Some children aged between 6 months and under 5 years are eligible for vaccination if they:
- are immunocompromised
- have a disability
- have multiple health conditions.
A new bivalent vaccine targeting Omicron variants is available as a booster dose for everyone aged 18 and above.
After your vaccination
You might have side effects such as pain where you had the needle, tiredness, muscle aches, fever or chills and joint pain. Side effects are normal and a sign that the vaccine is working. They are usually mild and go after a day or two.
Serious side effects are very rare. Contact your doctor if you are worried, or if any side effects have not gone away after a few days.
About COVID-19 vaccines
In Australia, there are 4 vaccines available and approved for use:
People can receive different vaccines based on their age and medical condition. Speak with a GP to find out which vaccine is right for you.
Reviewed 09 December 2022