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Be Your Own Health Hero - Talk to your GP or pharmacist about which vaccinations will best protect you this winter season

Why Should I get a Booster Dose?

Whilst two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provide good protection against severe illness if you do get sick, a booster dose ensures that you have stronger protection, for a longer period of time, against COVID-19. Booster doses also help protect your family and community by reducing transmissibility if you do catch COVID-19. 

If you're not quite sure about which doses you still need or what vaccine you should get, talk to your GP or review the guide put together by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

Do I Need to Get a Winter Vaccine Dose?

People who have a higher chance of experiencing severe illness from COVID-19 will benefit from having another booster dose to increase their vaccine protection as we enter winter. It is not currently recommended that everyone receives a second booster dose (Winter Vaccine Dose) but you should talk to their GP about their eligibility if you are:

  • 65 years or older
  • a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years and older

You can have your second booster dose four months after your initial booster dose.

Can I Get Vaccinated After Having COVID-19?

Yes! You can receive your next vaccination once you have recovered from your COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccination can be deferred up to four months after COVID-19 infection, however if you have prolonged symptoms you should talk to your doctor about when it is best to vaccinate. 

Do I Need a Flu Vaccination in Addition to a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Yes! Health professionals are concerned about the predicted rise in cold and flu infections this year now that people are moving about more freely. For maximum protection it's recommended you get your flu vaccination, in addition to keeping your COVID-19 vaccinations current. You can get even have your flu vaccination on the same day as your COVID-19 vaccine.

Am I Eligible For a Free Flu Vaccination?

Yearly flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone six months and over, but there are at-risk groups who are eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program.

What is the Pneumococcal Vaccine and Should I get It?

The pneumococcal vaccine prevents serious illness from diseases like pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia, which are especially dangerous to older people and young children. The pneumococcal vaccine is available for free for vulnerable groups under the National Immunisation Program. Talk to your GP if you're not sure if you should get the pneumococcal vaccine.