COVID-19 booster vaccine advice

Learn about booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines, who they are for, when you need one and how to get it.

To receive the best protection against serious illness or death from COVID-19, you should get all recommended doses for your age or individual health needs. Boosters are important to maintain protection.

Booster doses are free for everyone.

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Booster doses

All adults can get a booster if it’s been 6 months or longer since their last COVID-19 booster or confirmed infection (whichever is most recent). Boosters give extra protection against severe illness from COVID.

The Australian Government has accepted a recommendation about COVID-19 vaccines. All adults aged 75 years and older should receive an extra 2023 COVID-19 vaccine dose if six months have passed since their last dose.

This particularly includes people at higher risk of severe illness, like:

  • adults aged 65-74 years
  • everyone 18 years and over with medical comorbidities, disability or complex health needs.

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years can consider getting a booster dose if:

  • they have a health condition that put them at risk of severe illness, and
  • if it’s been 6 months since their last dose or COVID-19 infection. 

Your doctor can help you decide if your child should receive a booster.

Booster doses are not recommended at this time for children and adolescents under 18 years of age who do not have any risk factors for severe COVID-19.

All vaccines are approved for use in Australia and continue to give strong protection against serious illness from COVID-19. Omicron-specific bivalent vaccines are preferred for boosters.

The date you had your last COVID-19 vaccine is on your COVID-19 digital certificate.

Find a clinic and book

How to book booster doses

To book a booster dose, use the health Service Finder or use ‘Hey Eva’ – Easy Vaccine Access.

EVA, is a simple callback service to help people book a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you need help making a COVID-19 vaccine booking, SMS ‘Hey EVA’ to 0481 611 382.  A trained call agent from the National Coronavirus Helpline will call you to help book your COVID-19 vaccination.

Booster program for residential aged care

A booster program is taking place in residential aged care facilities. Read more about the COVID-19 booster dose vaccination program in residential aged care.

Booster program for people with disability

A booster program is being rolled out for people with disability who live in shared residential accommodation. Learn more about the COVID-19 booster dose program for people with disability living in shared residential accommodation.

Safety of COVID-19 booster doses

Common, mild side effects following a booster dose look similar to the side effects following the first 2 doses.

See information about COVID-19 vaccine safety and side effects.

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