About the vaccine rollout
The Australian Government will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia. Here’s what you need to know about booking a COVID-19 vaccine.
Due to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta strain in NSW, everyone 18 years and over is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Find out who can get a vaccine now.
Walk-in AstraZeneca Vaccine Clinics are located across Greater Sydney for everyone aged 18 years and over. Find your nearest clinic.
About the vaccines
There are 2 COVID-19 vaccines currently available in Australia: Pfizer and AstraZeneca. You will receive the vaccine recommended for your age and other eligibility and clinical criteria.
You need 2 doses of the same vaccine at 2 appointments to complete the vaccination. Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will provide around 90% protection from hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.
- When you receive your first dose, make sure you have an appointment booked for the second dose.
- Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses are recommended to be given at least 3 weeks apart.
- If you are in Greater Sydney, you can now receive your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose 4 to 8 weeks after your first dose. For those in Regional NSW in non-outbreak settings, the preferred time between doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine remains at 12 weeks.
- If you have had your first dose of AstraZeneca more than 4 weeks ago, contact your GP to discuss bringing forward your appointment.
Find out more about vaccine doses.
Advice on Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Australian Government
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people aged 16 to 59 years.
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be used in adults aged 60 years and over or for those under 60 years where the Pfizer vaccine is not available and the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for that individual. You should speak to your GP (doctor) to understand the risks and benefits.
People of any age without contraindications who have had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious adverse events should receive the second dose.
For detailed information, read the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) statement.
Questions about the COVID-19 vaccines
If you have a question or need information about COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccines:
Vaccine rollout and priority groups
To best protect the community, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has started with priority groups. The groups are based on:
- potential exposure to COVID-19 cases (such as healthcare and quarantine workers)
- age and medical conditions
- vulnerability or regular contact with vulnerable people.
Learn more about the priority groups.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and older are eligible to get a vaccine.
If you are aged
- 18 to 39 years old, you can ask your GP about getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or book an appointment at a NSW Health vaccination clinic. You may also be eligible because of your job, medical conditions or if you are caring for a vulnerable person.
- 40 to 59 years old, you can get the vaccine now. If you have not yet been vaccinated and are unable to obtain an appointment for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you should consider getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. You can discuss your circumstances with your GP or book at appointment at a NSW Health vaccination clinic.
- 60 years and older and have not yet been vaccinated, book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with your GP or at a NSW Health clinic immediately.
Your GP is working hard to support you and will make every effort to help you to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. It’s important to be respectful and work with your GP to find out which vaccine is right for you.
To get the COVID-19 vaccine, you must book an appointment. Use the vaccine eligibility checker to book an appointment.
If you are not eligible, you can register for notifications when the vaccine is available to you.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.