What you need to know about getting vaccinated
- Three vaccines (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna) have been approved for use in Australia. You can’t choose which one you will receive but the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been prioritised for people under 60 following advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI).
- Western Health hubs will continue to administer Pfizer and AstraZeneca only at this stage.
- You need two separate doses (injections) of the vaccine to give you the best protection against vaccination COVID-19.
- The two doses need to be given a few weeks apart. Effective from Monday 2 August, state-run vaccination centres will administer the second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least six weeks after the first dose. Effective from 2 September, state-run vaccination centres will administer the second dose of AstraZeneca six weeks after the first dose (reduced from 12 weeks).
- The vaccines are free. This includes for Australian citizens, permanent residents, refugees, people seeking asylum, temporary and provisional visa holders (including international students and temporary migrants).
- The vaccines are voluntary – you can choose if you want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The more people who are vaccinated, the more protected our community will be.
The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and getting the COVID-19 vaccine is your doctor/general practitioner (GP).
Why should I get vaccinated?
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
- reduces your risk of getting sick with COVID-19
- protects you against becoming very sick if you do get COVID-19
- helps to protect your friends, family and community.
If most people are vaccinated, the virus can’t spread as easily. This also protects people who can’t get vaccinated.
Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine
You should not have the flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine.
On 9 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) issued updated advice on the relative timing of administering influenza vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
The preferred minimum interval between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is now 7 days (previously 14 days).
Your first appointment
The Australian Government has provided the following information to help people who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prepare for their first appointment:
- Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine
- Information on COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine
- Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination
- Consent form
- After your COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccination
- After your COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccination
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National Coronavirus Helpline:
1800 020 080
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1800 643 787
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