Is it true? Are COVID-19 vaccines mandatory in Australia?

Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary – as are all vaccinations in Australia – and people maintain the option to choose. Find out more below.

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Are COVID-19 vaccines mandatory in Australia? 

Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary – as are all vaccinations in Australia – and people maintain the option to choose.

This will apply to any COVID-19 vaccination that may become available.

There may be circumstances in the future in which proof of vaccination will be required, such as border or re-entry requirements, or continued employment in particular areas. One example of this is the mandatory vaccination requirements for all residential aged care workers which will come into effect on 17 September 2021 in line with relevant state and territory directions.

Staying up to date

To be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, you must have completed all the doses recommended for your age and health status.

Find out about how to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

With new COVID-19 vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. That's why we're providing accurate, evidence-based answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines

Last updated: 
10 February 2022

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