COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia

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

21 Sep 2021

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. 

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 for everyone aged 16+

People aged 16 to 59 years of age are now eligible for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. From Monday 13 September all people aged 12 to 59 will be eligible for Pfizer. 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.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine 

The Moderna vaccine was provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on 9 August 2021. Similar to the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine uses mRNA technology.

The Moderna vaccine, provisionally approved for adults 18+, is also being evaluated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in adolescents 12+ years. The first doses are expected in Australia in September 2021.

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.