AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as the preferred vaccine for people aged 12 to 59 years.
Children aged 5 to 11 can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is a third of a dose given to people 12 and over. However, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be provided to people 18 to 59 years of age, following an appropriate assessment of the risks and benefits of vaccination, and an informed consent process with their vaccine provider.
Receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, you will need to make an informed decision by speaking with your vaccine provider. Some conditions may mean it is not suitable for you, and it is important that you discuss this with your vaccine provider.
If you want to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, read the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination – Weighing up the potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca fact sheet.
Before you receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, watch the video from Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Emily Kirkpatrick.
Timing between doses
ATAGI and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recommend 8 to 12 weeks (4 weeks at a minimum) between the first and second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
If you don’t have your second dose within 12 weeks, you should have your second dose as soon as possible.
Changing vaccine for the second dose
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that the same COVID-19 vaccine should be used for the first two doses.
However, as the supply of vaccines increases, ATAGI advises that an alternative vaccine can be given if first dose recipients are unable to receive a second dose of the same brand or do not want to have a second dose of the same brand.
If you’ve had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without developing Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) or experiencing another serious adverse event, then you can safely receive your second dose 8 to 12 weeks after your first dose.
If you do not wish to have another dose of AstraZeneca, you may have a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 4 to 12 weeks after your first dose of AstraZeneca, or at any time after that interval to ensure you are fully vaccinated.
Booking a COVID-19 vaccination
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is available at selected GPs and pharmacies. You can book an appointment by visiting our vaccination clinics and sites page.