About vaccination

Before you book in for a COVID-19 vaccination, you can learn more about how safe, effective and essential they are for protecting us and those we care for. Find out how vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves and those we care for and get us back to the way of life we know and cherish.

COVID-19 vaccination – What is it? Is it safe?

How COVID-19 vaccines work

COVID-19 vaccine safety and approvals process

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available for everyone in Australia

Additional resources

About the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

Our high-volume vaccination centres are currently administering the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 50 or above and those under 50 with informed consent.

Vaccination protects you against COVID-19 and prevents seriously illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

With two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, spaced 12 weeks apart, you are 80 per cent less likely to get sick with COVID-19.

After the first dose of the vaccine, you are over 90 per cent less likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advises that the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine is the preferred option for adults aged under 50 years. However the AstraZeneca vaccine can be considered where the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for that individual, and they can give informed consent based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.

Adults under 50 years who wish to proceed with booking for the AstraZeneca Vaccine should read the information provided by the Australian Government prior to booking. Our immunisers will ensure informed consent is obtained prior to vaccine administration.

People of any age who have had the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious adverse effects such as blood clots or anaphylaxis, can safely book in to be given the second dose.

Learn more about this vaccine, risks and potential side effects:

Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Frequently asked questions

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