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:
50 years or older
a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
ATAGI has advised that people 30 - 49 years old can also receive a winter dose if they choose.
You can have your winter vaccine dose three 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. It is recommended that you wait three months after COVID-19 infection for your next vaccine dose, however if you have prolonged symptoms you should talk to your doctor about when it is best to vaccinate.
Should I Get 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?
NSW Health is offering free vaccinations to NSW residents over the age of six months until 17 July 2022. Those aged six months to five years of age can get their free vaccination from their GP, and those aged five and over can get their free vaccination from their GP or pharmacist. GP consultation fees may apply.
What is the Pneumococcal Vaccine and Should I get It?
The pneumococcal vaccine can prevent 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 groupsunder the National Immunisation Program. Talk to your GP if you're not sure if you should get the pneumococcal vaccine.