COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

Information on COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

Overview and eligibility

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.

About the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

See information about all COVID-19 vaccines here.

Safety of COVID-19 booster doses

Common, mild side effects following a booster dose look similar to the side effects following the first 2 doses.

See information about the Pfizer vaccine and rare side effects.

How to book

Bookings for booster vaccinations are available at vaccination centres 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.

Frequently asked questions

Is the Pfizer booster vaccine different to the Pfizer vaccine provided for doses 1 and 2?

The Pfizer booster vaccine is identical to the Pfizer vaccine provided for doses 1 and 2.

If I had AstraZeneca for doses 1 and 2, can I receive a Pfizer vaccine booster?

Yes.

Will I experience any side effects from the booster?

See information about the Pfizer vaccine and rare side effects.

What is the booster rollout program?

Everyone who is 18 years and older, and has had their second dose of their primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 6 months ago, is eligible for a booster vaccine.

Is Pfizer the only booster available?

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.

Will boosters be mandatory?

Booster doses are not mandatory, however they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.

Vaccination is available by booking an appointment or by walk-in at select vaccination clinics.Learn more about booking your appointment.
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