COVID-19 booster vaccine advice

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

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To receive the best protection against serious illness or death from COVID-19, you should stay up to date with all vaccinations recommended for your age or individual health needs. Boosters are important to maintain this protection.

Booster doses are free for everyone.

Booster doses

You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you:

  • are 5 to 15, and:
    • are severely immunocompromised, or
    • have a disability with significant or complex health needs, or
    • have severe, complex, or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19
  • are 16 years and older, and
  • completed your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 3 months ago.

If you have had COVID-19 you should wait to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine for 3 months after your confirmed infection.

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

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Additional booster

An additional booster, is recommended for people at increased risk of severe illness, to be given 3 months after their first booster dose.

This additional booster will be a fourth dose for most people and a fifth for people who are severely immunocompromised.

You should get an additional booster if 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.

ATAGI has advised people aged 30 to 49 years old can receive an additional booster if they choose.

Healthy people aged 16 years to under 30 years who do not have risk factors for severe COVID-19, are not currently recommended to receive an additional booster dose. Evidence shows that protection against severe disease, rather than all infection, is well maintained in young healthy people. 

How to book booster doses

To book a booster dose or winter booster dose, use the COVID-19 Clinic 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.

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.
 

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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