About the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for people 16 years and older. Find more about the vaccine and how it will be rolled out in Australia.

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COVID-19 vaccination resources

COVID-19 vaccination – Patient resources

This collection contains resources for patients receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for people 16 years and older. Detailed information on the decision can be found on the TGA website.

The TGA has carefully evaluated all clinical trial data and information provided by Pfizer/BioNTech, and has issued provisional approval.

Further data on safety, quality and effectiveness will continue to be provided to the TGA by Pfizer/BioNTech.

As part of Australia’s Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, the Australian Government has purchased 20 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and has the option to purchase more doses. The vaccine will be manufactured overseas.

Can I be given the Pfizer vaccine?

Most Australians can safely receive the Pfizer vaccine. You should talk to your doctor before being vaccinated if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, if you are taking any other medicines or if you have recently received any other vaccine. 

Learn more about who can receive COVID-19 vaccines.

How quickly will I be protected from COVID-19?

After your first dose, you will need a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at least 21 days later to complete the vaccination schedule. It is important that you receive two doses of the same vaccine. You may not be protected against COVID-19 until seven days after your second dose. 

Will the vaccine be effective against new variants?

Ongoing research is showing that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine induces antibodies that are able to respond to a variety of mutations in the virus that causes COVID-19. The TGA will continue to closely monitor developments and do our own genetic examination of local cases.

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline

If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.

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Last updated: 
6 May 2021

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