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If you are fully vaccinated and have had two or three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine then you either are or soon will be eligible for a vaccine booster shot. These doses allow for more protection from COVID-19 strains. Booster vaccinations can be given 4 or more months after your first 2 (or 3 if you are immunocompromised) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended as boosters in Australia. Whilst it is currently not compulsory, receiving the booster shot a minimum of 4 or soon 3 months after your 2nd vaccination increases your protection from the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 booster vaccines are not mandatory. They are highly recommended to continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19.

Booster shots

You are eligible for a booster vaccination if you are:

  • Fully vaccinated (have received 2-3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine), 
  • aged 18 years and over, and
  • received your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 (soon to be 3) months ago.

In some circumstances, you may be able to bring forward your booster vaccination to 3 months after your second dose, including:

  • patients with a greater risk of severe COVID-19 in outbreak settings
  • people travelling overseas who will be away when their booster dose is due
  • people involved in outreach vaccination programs where access is limited.

You will need to bring proof of vaccination for doses 1 and 2 to your booster appointment. Accepted proof includes your COVID-19 certificate or immunisation record.

You can receive the Pfizer Booster Shot regardless of the brand of vaccination you received initially, such as Moderna or Astra-Zeneca. These shots will be available via the network of NSW Health Vaccination Clinics. There will also be some community pharmacies and GP clinics participating in this rollout, you may wish to call them ahead of time to confirm that they provide the booster service. 

ATAGI says evidence suggests that a booster vaccine increases antibody levels substantially and this will likely offer protection against both delta and the new omicron variant.

You are fully vaccinated if you have had your first 2 doses of the vaccine. Booster shots are not required for compliance with public health orders. 

Booster vaccinations will not be recorded on COVID-19 certificates or used for compliance checks.

Once you have your booster dose, it will be recorded on your immunisation record which lists your COVID-19 vaccinations and all other vaccinations.

Children aged 5-11 

The Australian Government has launched the latest phase of the COVID-19 campaign to encourage parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 to book their COVID-19 Vaccine.

Free Pfizer vaccines are available for children aged 5 to 11 years old from January 10 2022. They will need to receive two doses, eight weeks apart. 

It is important to vaccinate your child to help keep them, their families and communities safe. Although COVID-19 Disease often presents mildly in children, it is a serious illness and can cause long term health problems and even death in children, especially those who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions. 

Third dose for immunocompromised 

A third dose is available to people aged 12 and over who are immunocompromised. This particular shot is considered a part of their primary vaccination course to assist in improving the immune response in this group. 

Find a Vaccine Clinic

You can follow the steps on the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder. If you have trouble using the Finder, call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 847

Booster vaccinations are available across NSW:

Please note, the booster dose is for strengthening your protection against COVID-19. If you do not receive a booster, you are still considered fully vaccinated until the NSW Health Directives say otherwise. 

Do you have further questions?

Follow the Frequently Asked Questions about Boosters Link provided by the NSW Government.

Support telephone lines 

NSW Health Vaccination Support Line 1800 57 11 55

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) 131 450

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