UPDATE - Australia recognises Sinovac and Covishield vaccines as protection against COVID-19
If you've received the Sinovac and Covishield vaccines in your home country, you're one step closer to being able to come back to Australia. Australian authorities now recognise the two vaccines as acceptable forms of protection against COVID-19 (read our news article 'Australia recognises Sinovac and Covishield vaccines' for more information).
Accessing vaccines in Australia
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare* or visa status. This includes international students currently in Australia.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
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.
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
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.
Recommended for those over 60 years of age, but still available for those from 18-60 years of age, the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine 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.
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.
What to do if you’re in an outbreak area
If you’re in an outbreak area, it’s important to stay home, get tested and get vaccinated. You are allowed to leave your home to get vaccinated if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and if you are not waiting to get COVID-19 test results.
Proving that you're vaccinated
If you've received both vaccinations, you can prove this through online or hard copy certification. Read our news article called 'Proving that you're vaccinated - tips for onshore international students' for more information.