Is it true? How long does it take for the vaccines to work?

Vaccine protection increases in the days following your dose. You may not have the best protection until 7–14 days after the final dose recommended for your age group or individual health needs. Find out more about how many doses you need and when to get them below.

Is it true? How long does it take for the vaccines to work?

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.

The ATAGI recommended doses and vaccines outlines which vaccines and doses are recommended for each age and population group.

Whilst partial protection against COVID-19 may be as soon as 12 days after the first dose, this protection is likely to be short lived.

The final dose in the primary course encourages the body to create stronger protection (immunity) against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Individuals may not be fully protected until 7-14 days after this dose.

Booster doses will make sure the protection from your primary course of COVID-19 vaccines is even stronger and longer lasting.

An additional booster dose, or ‘fourth dose’, is recommended for people aged 50 years and older, people living in residential care, or people with a underlying health condition or disability.   People aged 30 to 49 years old can also receive a fourth dose if they choose.   

The additional booster is the fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for eligible people who are severely immunocompromised.

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

While COVID-19 vaccines offer protection, you can still become ill and infect others around you, so you should continue COVIDSafe practices.

Learn more about booster doses and fourth doses.

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