Who can get vaccinated

Everyone in Australia aged 5 years and over is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination. Find out more.

If you are aged 5 years or older, you can book a COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccination is also recommended for children ages 6 months to under 5 years in at risk population groups.

The ATAGI recommended doses and vaccines outlines which vaccines and doses are recommended for each age and population group.

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Each state and territory health department website also has more information on getting vaccinated locally.

If you can’t find an appropriate appointment, please check back regularly as more appointments will become available. Not all vaccine providers will deliver Pfizer for children.

Vaccinating children can help reduce community transmission and help prevent children passing the virus onto younger siblings, grandparents and the wider community. Find out more about ATAGI advice for children 6 months to under 5 years, children 5 to 11 years  and COVID-19 vaccine information for children, teens and parents/guardians.

Vaccine doses

To receive the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19, you should stay up to date with all vaccination doses recommended for your age. 

 An additional booster dose, or ‘fourth dose’, is recommended for people aged 50 years and older, people living in residential care, or people with a underlying health condition or disability. People aged 30 to 49 years old can also receive a fourth dose if they choose.

The additional booster dose will be a fifth dose for people who are severely immunocompromised. 

Learn about approved COVID-19 vaccines including Moderna's bivalent COVID-19 vaccine.

Boosters

It is recommended you have the Pfizer vaccine as a booster if you are:

  • 12 to 15 years old, and:
    • are severely immunocompromised, or
    • have a disability with significant or complex health needs, or
    • have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19
  • 16 or older; and
    • completed your primary course dose of COIVD-19 vaccination at least 3 months ago.

Boosters for people aged 18 years and older

If you are aged 18 years or older, you can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as a booster dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first 2 doses.

Although not preferred, you can also have the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) or Nuvaxovid (Novavax) vaccine as a booster dose if you:

  • can’t have a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons
  • prefer not to have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines

Find out more about booster doses and third doses for people with severe immunocompromise.

Fourth dose

You should get another COVID-19 booster dose, also referred to as a ‘fourth dose’, if you have had your initial booster dose 3 months ago and you are:

  • 50 years or older
  • 16 years or older and a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • 16 years or older and severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years and older
  • 16 years or older with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
  • 16 years or older with a disability..

A fourth dose is also available to people aged 30 to 49 years old if they choose.

People who had COVID-19 after their first booster should wait at least 3 months before having a winter dose.

Find out more about booster doses, winter doses and third doses for people with severe immunocompromise.

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.

Australians overseas

Australia's COVID-19 vaccines are only available for people currently in Australia.

If you are overseas, see a local health professional for advice on which vaccines are available locally. You can also contact the Australian embassy in your country.

Last updated: 
12 September 2022

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