You can access the vaccine at your local Community Controlled Health Service or at one of the established respiratory clinics and hospital hubs across urban and rural Australia.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and over, along with your family / household members.
Not yet – but it’s likely they will be able to get the vaccine later, once there’s more information available from trials and from overseas about the safety of the vaccine for young children.
The vaccine is not mandatory, except in a few workplaces like aged care homes. For most of us, it’s voluntary – but getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your family and our community.
Yes, the Covid-19 vaccination is free of charge wherever you get the vaccine, including through your AMS.
Yes. Once you’ve had 2 doses of the COVID vaccine, you’ll be really well protected against serious disease or even death from COVID. BUT – you could get a milder infection, and pass it on to other people – so keep up those COVID-safe practices like good hygiene, physical distancing and staying home if you are sick during the vaccine rollout.
You’ll need two doses of COVID vaccine to get the best protection. One dose gives you SOME protection, but two doses give your immune system that extra boost to make sure you’re well protected.
Yes, both the COVID vaccines available in Australia (Pfizer vaccine and AstraZeneca vaccine) were tested in big trials and found to be safe. Since then, a few billion people around the world have stepped up to get their COVID vaccine. If you’ve had severe allergies, or other medical conditions, have a chat with your GP / AMS about which one will be the right vaccine for you.
Young people can still get very sick with COVID, especially with the newer “delta strain”. The vaccine is REALLY effective at preventing you from getting serious disease. But on top of that – it will also make it less likely that you’ll spread the COVID virus to other people – especially your elders, other family, household members and friends.
As with any vaccine, you may have some side effects. These are signs that your immune system is responding to the vaccine. Common side effects in the first few days after vaccination include:
More serious reactions are very rare – your vaccine provider will give you information on what to look out for.
Yes. COVID infection can be more severe during pregnancy, but the Pfizer COVID vaccine gives good protection, has been shown to be safe for you and for your baby, and is recommended at any stage during pregnancy. It’s also safe during breastfeeding.
No. None of the COVID vaccines cause problems with a person’s DNA. Once the vaccine is injected, it stays in the body only for a very short time – just long enough to boost your immune system, then it’s gone and your body does the rest.
No, that’s impossible. The vaccine doesn’t include any live COVID virus so it can’t cause an infection. You might get some side effects after the vaccine, like chills, aches and pains or feeling tired – but these are common and are signs that your immune system kicking in.