Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines

It's important you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, to ensure you have the most protection you can get, and your digital certificate remains valid. Find out what you need to do to stay up to date.

Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination 

To be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, you must have had all the doses recommended for your age and health needs. 

Read ATAGI's statement on defining 'up-to-date' status for COVID-19 vaccination

People aged 16 years and older 

Everyone aged 16 years and older is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to maintain an ‘up to date’ status.

This booster dose is now recommended from 3 months after the last primary dose. This is called the ‘due date’.

Initial protection is reduced, and increased waning is evident following primary COVID-19 vaccination (usually 2 doses) against the Omicron variant. This warrants the inclusion of booster doses in a person’s up to date status.

Children and teens aged 5 to 15

Children and adolescents aged 5-15 years are up to date after completion of a primary course of vaccination. A booster dose is not currently recommended for this age group.

A Pfizer booster dose if recommended for adolescents aged 12-15 who:

  • 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

Severely immunocompromised people

Severely immunocompromised people aged 5 years and over require a third primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from 2 months (and no later than 6 months) after dose 2 to remain up to date.

People aged 16 years and over are recommended a booster (fourth) dose, 3 months after dose 3 of their primary vaccination course.

However, for the purpose of being up to date in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which does not contain any information on medical conditions, only a total of 3 doses will be counted as being up to date.

People who have had COVID-19 

To be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, you must have completed all the doses recommended for your age and health status.

If you had a confirmed COVID-19 infection you should defer vaccination for 3 months. You are considered ‘up-to-date’ during this period. The next scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine should be given as soon as possible after 3 months following a COVID-19 infection.

For people who have been infected and are required to prove they are ‘up-to-date’, a temporary medical exemption may be applicable. People should speak with their healthcare provider about what is best for them. 

Refer to ATAGI clinical guidance on people with a past SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Up to date and overdue status 

You will no longer be considered ‘up to date’ and will instead be considered ‘overdue’ if you have not had a booster dose in the recommended timeframe for your age or health status. 

Read ATAGI's statement on defining 'up-to-date' status for COVID-19 vaccination

Being ‘overdue’ means you will not be able to generate a current COVID-19 vaccine digital certificate.  

Mixing vaccines

Vaccine schedules using mixed or the same brand of COVID-19 vaccine are acceptable for being considered up to date. The TGA is currently considering which vaccines, not already approved for use in Australia as a booster, will be recognised as valid by the Australia Immunisation Register, as a booster dose (e.g. if received overseas).

Book your COVID-19 appointment 

There are appointments available now and everyone who is eligible, but not yet had their first or second booster is encouraged to do so. 

Parents of children aged 5 years and older who haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine are also encouraged to book one today.  

Parents of children aged 6 months to under 5 years at increased risk of COVID-19 are also encouraged to book their child’s COVID-19 vaccination.

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