Winter boosters

An Easy Read guide about COVID-19 winter booster vaccinations.

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What is a winter booster?

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In winter, we are at higher risk of:


  • catching a virus, such as COVID-19
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  • getting very sick if we catch a virus. 

A vaccine is a medicine that:


  • helps people fight a virus if they come into contact with it
  • can stop people from getting very sick from the virus
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  • can stop you from passing the virus to someone else.

A booster dose is an extra dose of 
a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Most people have had 1 booster 
dose already.

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Some people need 2 booster doses to help
keep them safe from COVID-19 in winter.

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We call this extra dose a ‘winter booster’.

Who can get a winter booster?

woman over age 65

You can get a winter booster if you:

  • are aged 65 or over
older woman an older man
  • are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged 50 or over
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  • are aged 16 or over and have a weak immune system
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  • live in an aged care home – a place where older people live
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  • live in a place where you get care for your disability.

How do you book a winter booster?

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You can get your winter booster 4 months after your first booster dose.

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You can call the NSW Health Vaccination Booking Support Service to book your winter booster.

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You can also book your winter booster on our website.

Where can you get a winter booster?

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You can get your winter booster:


  • at a NSW Health vaccination clinic
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  • from your doctor
aboriginal health centre
  • at an Aboriginal Medical Service
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  • at a pharmacy.

Support for you

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You can call the Disability Gateway if you want:


  • more information about your winter booster
a person can provide you with support to book your booster


  • support to book your winter booster.
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You can call the Service NSW COVID 19 Helpline.

13 77 88


You can go to our website.

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