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COVID-19 vaccine - English

Information about COVID-19 vaccines

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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.

How to get vaccinated

Vaccines are available at:

You should speak to a GP if you have pre-existing conditions or are unsure of how many doses you need.

Vaccines are free, and you do not need a Medicare card to get vaccinated.

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.

Speak to a GP about how many doses and which vaccine is recommended for you and your child. For more information, visit Get vaccinatedExternal Link .

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

All vaccines must meet strict safety standards set by the Australian Therapeutic Goods AdministrationExternal Link before they can be used in Australia. They are administered by qualified health practitioners.

In Australia, there are 4 vaccines available and approved for use:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Novavax
  • AstraZeneca

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.

More information

Book your next dose at the GP or a local pharmacy using the vaccine clinic finderExternal Link . For more information, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

Reviewed 09 December 2022

Coronavirus Hotline

Call the Coronavirus Hotline if you have any questions about COVID-19.

The Victorian Coronavirus Hotline diverts to the National Coronavirus Helpline every night between 4pm and 9am.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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