What to do if you test positive 

If you test positive for COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone who has, you can use the advice given by the Australian Government’s Department of Health Guide.  On this page, you can also find out what symptoms you can expect and how to look after yourself and those around you. 

Accessing COVID-19 vaccines in Australia 

In Australia, COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge for everyone, including international students. Your visa type does not matter and you do not need an Australian Medicare card to get a vaccine.  

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COVID-19 vaccine information in your language 

The Australian Government Department of Health publishes information on how to protect yourself from the virus that causes COVID-19. This is available in 63 different languages. 

Find out about the vaccines; who should receive a vaccination; what it means for people with existing health issues; where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine; and what to do before and after your vaccination. 

The health direct Service Finder connects you to Australian COVID-19 vaccine providers. This is also available in several languages. 

COVID-19 vaccine boosters in Australia 

Booster shots (doses) are optional. However, they can help to maintain the highest level of immunity possible. This helps reduce the chance of getting COVID-19. and can help make the symptoms you experience less severe. To help you decide whether or not you should have a COVID-19 booster, see the advice given by the Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) 2023 booster advice.