Anyone aged 5 and over is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Patients naturally may have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The information below may provide some answers, or alternatively the links in the side panel may be helpful.
Who will receive a vaccine?
Everyone from 5 years of age in Australia will be offered a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. There is no cost to the patient for a COVID-19 vaccine.
People aged 16 and over can have a booster dose 3 months after the date of their 2nd dose
Which vaccines are available in Australia?
Pfizer - 1st and 2nd dose (ages 5>). Booster/3rd dose (ages 16>)
Moderna - 1st and 2nd dose (ages 6>). Booster/3rd dose (ages 16>)
Novavax - 1st and 2nd dose (ages 18>).
For more information regarding the vaccines, please use the links on this page.
Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
- Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases.
- Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses.
- When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.
- Help reduce COVID-19 in the community
Achieving herd immunity is a long-term Department of Health goal. It usually requires a large amount of the population to be vaccinated. Studies will monitor the impact of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and whether herd immunity is developing over time.
High immunisation rates protect vulnerable people in our community who cannot be vaccinated, such as very young children or people who are too sick.
Reactions to vaccines
For the most recent information from the Department of Health, including information on thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), please see the links on this page.
Because COVID-19 vaccines do not introduce fully functional viruses, reactions to the vaccine are not a “mild form” of COVID-19. Reactions are the immune system’s response to the introduction of a foreign body.
It is not possible for the vaccine to infect a person with COVID-19 or cause changes to human DNA. Severe anaphylactic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNtech Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines appear to be uncommon.
Reactions can include local injection site pain, redness, swelling, and other more systemic symptoms such as fever, muscle soreness, fatigue, or headache.
For the Pfizer/BioNtech, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca) and Spikevax (Moderna) vaccines approved in Australia, most reactions are mild (i.e. do not interfere with daily activities) and only last a day or two.
Moderate to severe reactions (i.e. headache, fever/chills, fatigue) are very uncommon and usually also resolve in two to three days.
The above information has been sourced from the Department of Health website and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.