Before your COVID-19 vaccination

Learn how to prepare for your vaccination, including what to do if you don't have a Medicare card or you are feeling anxious.

This information has been superseded by new ATAGI advice for early 2023 COVID-19 booster doses and will be updated shortly.

Find a clinic and book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

If you haven't already done so, book an appointment.

Find a clinic and book

Check your Medicare details and online access

If you have a Medicare card, check your details are up to date:

If you need to, update your details.

If you have a Medicare account but don't have online access, you can set up your account via myGov.

If you don't have a Medicare account

If you are eligible for Medicare but don't have an account, you can enrol in Medicare.

You can still get a vaccine if you aren't eligible for Medicare.

Find out how to get a vaccination if you don't have a Medicare account

For carers, family members and guardians

Guardians, family members and carers who need to make a vaccination decision on someone's behalf can download a Consent form for COVID-19 vaccination.

Access the COVID-19 vaccine information and consent form for vaccinating children aged 5 to 11.

You can also download our collection of Easy Read resources, and read information for people with disability, as well as information for children, teens and parent/guardians.

If you are anxious or have questions

You can:

  • talk to your vaccine provider about any questions or concerns you have
  • have a friend or relative go with you to your appointment
  • ask for somewhere quiet to sit 
  • ask for support and reassurance when you receive your vaccination, if you are afraid of needles
  • book in to talk to your GP.

You can learn more about vaccination and approved vaccines in our collection of patient resources.

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