On 28 October 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if:
- you are 18 years and older, and
- have had your second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 6 months ago.
As of 30 October 2021, those who are eligible can book appointments for booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria.
Booster doses are not mandatory, however they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.
A booster dose increases your protection against:
- infection with the virus that causes COVID-19
- severe disease
- dying from COVID-19.
A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones, and the community against COVID-19.
Vaccine types for booster doses
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and recommended by ATAGI as a COVID-19 booster dose.
You can have the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first 2 doses.
You can also receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine if you:
- can’t have the Pfizer vaccine for medical reasons
- had 2 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine previously.
You can read ATAGI’s advice on the type of vaccine recommended for booster doses.
How to book
Bookings for booster vaccinations are available and can be made by calling the Victorian Coronavirus Booking Hotline on 1800 675 398, 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm.
Online bookings for booster doses are not yet available.
For more information, please visit our COVID-19 vaccination booster webpage.