COVID-19 vaccine

Key Points



Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and will protect you from COVID-19.
  • All vaccines given in Australia have passed tests to prove they are safe and work well.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free and you can choose to have the vaccine or not.
  • You need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. You can receive a booster dose 5 months after your second dose.
There are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia:
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty)

  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)

  • Moderna (Spikevax).

All people aged 12 and over can receive the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine.
Adults aged 60 years and over can receive the AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) COVID-19 vaccine. This is based both on the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age (and thus increased benefit of vaccination) and the potentially lower risk of the rare side effect Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) with increasing age.
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) COVID-19 vaccine can still be used for people aged under 60 years if:
  • you have already received your first dose without any serious side effects

  • the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for you

  • you have made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.

Read more about Queensland’s vaccine rollout.

Currently in Australia, Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Moderna (Spikevax) have been approved for people aged 12 years and over and AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) has been approved for adults aged 18 years and over.

Who cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine?

You must not get a COVID-19 vaccine if you have had any of the following:

  • Anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine
  • Anaphylaxis after exposure to any ingredient of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have recently had any other vaccine (e.g. flu vaccine) you should wait at least 7 days to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Make sure you book your appointments with enough time between them.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women

If you are pregnant you can receive the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

If you are breastfeeding you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at any time. You do not need to stop breastfeeding before or after vaccination.

No safety concerns have been identified for women who received a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy. If you have any concerns speak with your doctor or health professional for advice.

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