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COVID-19 vaccines

Information about COVID-19 vaccines including how to book, vaccine eligibility and where to get your vaccination

Flu vaccines available

The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu this year, just as the COVID-19 vaccine is your best protection against COVID-19.

It is safe to get your flu and COVID-19 vaccines on the same day, or at the same time.

Some COVID-19 vaccination centres are offering free flu vaccinations to people who are eligible under the National Immunisation PlanExternal Link

The COVID-19 vaccination centres that also offer free flu vaccination are listed on the vaccination centres page.

You can also book your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations through your doctor or pharmacy.

Winter dose

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has approved a winter dose of COVID-19External Link vaccine for eligible priority groups.

Those eligible are:

  • adults aged 65 years and older
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • people aged 16 years and older who are severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.

Eligible people can receive their winter dose 4 months after receiving their third dose, or from 3 months after having COVID-19 if infection has occurred since the person’s third dose.

Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for winter doses.

Winter doses are available at Victorian vaccination centres, or at your local GP, pharmacyExternal Link or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. See below for information on how to book an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.

Everyone needs to have two primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are aged 16 or over, you should get a third dose of vaccine 3 months after your second dose to help keep you protected against COVID-19.

Eligible people are now able to receive a winter dose four months after receiving their third dose. Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for the winter dose

The type of vaccine you can have depends on your age, whether you are receiving a dose in your primary course or an additional dose, and in some cases, whether you have certain medical conditions.

Visit these pages for more detailed information:

First and second doses

Everyone in Australia aged 5 years or older needs at least two primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are aged 12 and over, you can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

If you are aged 18 and over, you can also get the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines.

Children aged 5 to 11 will receive a smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine has been created specifically for young children.

You can get your first or second dose at GPs and pharmaciesExternal Link across Victoria, or you can go to your nearest state-run vaccination centre. Find out how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Many vaccination centres now offer walk-in vaccinations for anyone aged 5 and older. To find out which centres offer walk-ins, visit Vaccination centres.

You can also get your COVID-19 vaccine in your own home. Visit COVID-19 vaccine at home for more information on this free service.

Third doses

People aged over 16 who received their second dose 3 or more months ago, are now due for their third dose.

You need your third dose to keep up your immunity against COVID-19.

If you are aged 16 to 17 years you are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine as your third dose. If you are aged 18 years and over, you are eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your third dose.

You can get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your third dose, regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses.

If you are aged 18 years and over, you are also eligible to receive the Novavax vaccine as your third dose if no other vaccine is suitable.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is only recommended for use as a third dose if you have had a significant adverse reaction to a previous mRNA vaccine dose (for example, Pfizer or Moderna), meaning you are unable to have another dose of an mRNA vaccine.

ATAGI does not recommendExternal Link AstraZeneca for use as a third dose for people who received AstraZeneca for their first two doses.

If you’re not sure which third dose you’re eligible for, talk to your GP.

Book your third dose at GPs and pharmacy,External Link or your nearest state-run vaccination centre.

Many vaccination centres now offer walk-in vaccinations for anyone aged 5 and older. To find out which centres offer walk-ins, visit Vaccination centres.

Find out how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Winter dose

Eligible groups who received their third vaccine dose 4 or more months ago are now able to receive a winter dose.

Those eligible are:

  • adults aged 65 years and older
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • people aged 16 years and older who are severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.

Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for winter doses. AstraZeneca can be used if an mRNA vaccine (such as Pfizer or Moderna) is contraindicated. Novavax can be used if no other vaccine is considered suitable for that person.

For more information on the safety of the co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines visit About COVID-19 vaccines.

Fourth doses for those people who are severely immunocompromised

People aged 5 years and over who are severely immunocompromised can receive a third dose as part of their primary course of vaccination. This third dose can be provided 2 to 6 months after the second dose.

If you are aged 16 and over and are severely immunocompromised, you can receive a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 3 months after your third dose.

If you are aged 16 to 17 years you are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine as your fourth dose. If you are aged 18 years and over, you are eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your fourth dose.

Fourth doses are not currently available through our at-home vaccination service.

Book your fourth dose at your local GP or pharmacy,External Link or your nearest state-run vaccination centre.

Many vaccination centres also offer walk-in vaccinations, where you don’t need to book an appointment. For locations of these centres, visit Vaccination centres.

Vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds

Children aged 5 to 11 will receive a smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, specially created for young children. The dose is one third the amount provided to people aged 12 years and over.

By vaccinating your children, you can:

  • reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • protect them from getting sick from COVID-19
  • keep schools open, so children can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends.

The recommended interval for vaccination for this age group is two doses, 8 weeks apart.

Book at your local GP or pharmacyExternal Link , or get your child vaccinated at your nearest state-run vaccination centre by booking online or calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week.

Many vaccination centres now offer walk-ins for anybody aged 5 and older. Children aged 5 to 11 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can provide consent for the vaccination.

To find out which centres offer walk-ins, visit Vaccination centres.

Reviewed 13 May 2022

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