Accessing vaccines in Australia

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare* or visa status.

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare* or visa status. This includes international students currently in Australia. 

  • The Pfizer vaccine uses mRNA technology. Pfizer is now available for those 12 years and older, across Australia, through doctors/GP medical practices or Australia's state and territory government-run mass vaccination clinics.
  • The Moderna vaccine, which also uses mRNA technology like Pfizer, is now approved for those who are 12 years and older. It is generally offered at doctors and pharmacies across Australia.
  • The Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine is available for those from 18 years of age and above and is produced in Australia. There is an extremely rare side effect of blood clots associated with this vaccine but it is still considered safe if you're in a high-risk COVID-19 environment. AstraZeneca is not available to those under 18 years of age.

Vaccination providers cannot charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine or your appointments to receive the vaccine. If your vaccination provider charges for any costs associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination (including booking fees), you should report it.

Depending on your location, you will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from a range of providers, including your local general medical practice or doctor (GP), a state, territory or federal government vaccination clinic, or a community pharmacy. Please use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker link below. 

Please note: 

  • If you are eligible to receive a vaccine from a general medical practice in your location, you cannot be charged for this service.
  • However, if you make an appointment to consult your doctor (GP) about any medical issues that are not related to COVID-19 vaccination, you will still need to pay for your appointment. 

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone aged 12+

All people in Australia aged 12 to 59 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. You can use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker link below to find out which vaccines are available to you in your location and your nearest vaccination provider.

*Please note: The first question on the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker will ask you if you have a Medicare card. If you do not have a Medicare card, please click no and follow the next steps for booking a vaccination without a Medicare card. You ARE eligible for a vaccination, even if you do not have a Medicare card. 

COVID-19 vaccine information in your language

The Australian Department of Health has published information in 63 languages about COVID-19 vaccines and getting vaccinated.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker is available in multiple languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Serbian, Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Khmer and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic.

If you don’t have a Medicare card

You can get a COVID-19 vaccination for free, even if you don’t have a Medicare card or are not eligible for Medicare, at:

  • a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic
  • state or territory vaccination clinic
  • community pharmacies that are administering COVID-19 vaccines.

You can find and book an appointment at these clinics through the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Still have questions?

If you’re unsure of which vaccine is suitable for you, you should seek medical advice from your doctor or a medical professional.

Once you've figured out the vaccine for you, the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker will help you find a location for you to book in, to get your vaccination.

Remember, when inside the Vaccine Eligibility Checker, click 'no' if you don't have a Medicare number BUT then continue to follow the instructions to find a location to get your vaccination. 

Proving that you're vaccinated (with an Australian-administered COVID-19 vaccine)

If you've received both vaccinations, you can prove this through online or hard copy certification.

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