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COVID-19 Information

First and second doses

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


Third doses: Boosters

People aged over 16 years who received their second dose 3 or more months ago are now eligible for their third dose. A third dose is recommended to keep up your immunity against COVID-19. 

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


AstraZeneca can be used as a third dose if you:

  • received AstraZeneca for your initial two doses, and there are no contraindications or precautions for use; or
  • had a significant adverse reaction to a previous mRNA vaccine dose (for example, Pfizer or Moderna).

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


Third/Fourth doses: People who are severely immunocompromised

People aged 5 years or older 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 years or older and are severely immunocompromised, you can receive a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 3 months after your third dose.

Winter dose

If it has been 4months since your first booster dose and you fit into one of the below categories, you should book an appointment to have another booster dose asap:

  • 65 years or older
  • a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years and older


Vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds

Children aged 5 to 11 years old 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.