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.

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 this age group and COVID-19 vaccine information for children, teens and parents/guardians.

Vaccine doses

Most people need 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to get strong protection, plus a booster dose to maintain immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19. 

As Australia moves into winter, an additional booster dose, or ‘winter dose’, is recommended for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who have already had their first booster dose.

Learn about approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Booster doses for 16 and 17 year olds

If you are 16 or 17 (or have turned 16 since you had your primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine) you can have the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose.

Booster doses 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.

You can also receive the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine as a booster dose if you:

  • can’t have the Pfizer vaccine for medical reasons
  • had 2 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine previously
  • Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is not registered for use as a booster dose, however it can be used as a booster dose in an individual aged 18 or older if no other COVID-19 vaccine brand is suitable for that individual.

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

Winter dose

You should get another COVID-19 booster dose, also referred to as a ‘winter dose’, if you have had your initial booster dose 4 months ago and you are:

  • 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.

People who had COVID-19 after their first booster should wait at least 4 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.

Priority groups

If you are in one of these priority groups, please identify yourself to your chosen vaccination provider so they can help you to get your vaccination as soon as possible:

  • aged and disability care workers
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • women who are pregnant
  • people with underlying medical conditions.

Check your state or territory website for more information about accessing priority vaccinations. 

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: 
10 May 2022

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