Approved and recognised vaccines

What vaccines are recognised by Australia? And what vaccines does Australia administer to those who want to be vaccinated? This page contains this critical information.

Australia considers you to be fully vaccinated if you have completed a course, including a mixed dose, of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine. Current vaccines and dosages accepted for the purposes of travel are: 

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • Spikevax/Takeda (Moderna)
  • Coronavac (Sinovac)
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India)
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) 
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under the age of 60 years)
  • Sputnik V (Gamaleya Research Institute)
  • Nuvaxovid (Biocelect on behalf of Novavax)

or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

The following vaccines are approved for use in Australia for all residents including international students

  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria (administered in Australia to eligible people above 18 years of age)
  • Nuvaxovid (Biocelect on behalf of Novavax)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

Seven days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation for you to be considered fully vaccinated.

More information: Vaccinated travellers | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au) 

Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA

We have been receiving queries about whether someone can be 'fully vaccinated' if they have received two doses of two different COVID-19 vaccines. This may have been the case due to vaccine availability in your home country. 

The above definition of 'fully vaccinated' includes either two doses of the same vaccine or two doses of a different TGA-approved or recognised vaccines.

This means that as long as you have received two doses of a recognised vaccine (from the list above), that being either the ones registered for use in Australia or ones recognised by the TGA from overseas, you are considered fully vaccinated. 

The TGA is evaluating other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of travel in future. Information on approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website at www.tga.gov.au.

Vaccines NOT recognised by Australia

  • The Sinopharm WIBP-CorV vaccine (note the difference in letters compared to Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under the age of 60 years) which IS recognised by Australia).
  • A single dose of the Gamaleya vaccine (which may be known or referred to as "Sputnik Light" outside Australia).
 

Translated resources on COVID-19 vaccines

If you'd like to read information on COVID-19 vaccines in your native language, you can check out the Australian Department of Health website for more.

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