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 over 18 years 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.
Let’s do this: book your vaccination appointment now.
About the vaccines
Three vaccines are currently approved for use in Australia: Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine and AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine are available now. The Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine will be available soon.
You will receive a 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 (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine doses are recommended to be given at least 3 to 8 weeks apart.
- Everyone in NSW can now receive their second AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) COVID-19 vaccine dose 4 to 8 weeks after the first dose.
- If you have had your first dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) more than 4 weeks ago, contact your GP to discuss bringing forward your appointment.
Find out more about vaccine doses.
Advice on Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Moderna (Spikevax) 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.
The COVID-19 Moderna (Spikevax) was approved by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on 3 September 2021 for individuals 12 years and older and will be manufactured in Australia. Availability is yet to be announced.
People of any age 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.
Different vaccines used in NSW
The type of COVID-19 vaccine you will be offered will mainly depend on your
- risk of exposure and serious illness from COVID-19
- whether you have any contraindications to a COVID-19 vaccine.
Contraindications are conditions or symptoms where a person should not receive a particular treatment or procedure because it may be harmful.
Medical conditions and vaccines
Ask your GP or specialist to discuss your medical history and individual circumstances if you are concerned about vaccination and the effect on existing conditions.
For some people, who should not have the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is recommended. The Australian Government Department of Health has information on medical conditions that fall into this category.
Questions about the COVID-19 vaccines
If you have a question or need information about COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccines:
To best protect the community and reduce the spread of the virus, some groups of people are able to access priority vaccination appointments. The groups are based on:
- potential exposure to COVID-19 cases
- 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 12 and over are eligible to get a priority vaccine through the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
Everyone aged 16+ can now book a vaccination through the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
Health services 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.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.
To book an appoinment, use the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
Advice for recovering COVID-19 cases
Having had COVID-19 doesn’t mean you can’t have a COVID-19 vaccine, however it is recommended that vaccination be deferred for up to six months after you have had COVID-19.
If someone wishes to have vaccination earlier than 6 months, they can have a conversation with their healthcare provider. If vaccination is deferred, a medical practitioner is able to authorise a temporary exemption from vaccination by completing a NSW COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication form.