How to get the vaccine

Get your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations. Find out who can get them and when.

You can get your COVID-19 vaccinations. They’re free and safe for everyone in Australia. You can use the Vaccine Clinic Finder on the Department of Health website to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Approved or recognised vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines currently approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia are:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Novavax NUVAXOVID
  • Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

The TGA also recognises the following vaccines not given in Australia:

  • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Gamaleya Sputnik V
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV
  • Sinovac Coronavac.

This means that you can have these recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register, if you received them on or after 1 March 2020.

You can also find out more about approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccines on the TGA website.

You can find more information about how vaccines are approved and how they work on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Eligibility for the vaccine and booster doses

Everyone in Australia can get a free, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. This includes overseas visitors, international students, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

You don’t need a prescription from a GP to get a vaccine.

The Department of Health and Aged Care website has information about:

If you don’t have a Medicare card, or aren’t eligible for Medicare, you can get your free vaccination at a:

  • Commonwealth vaccination clinic
  • state or territory vaccination clinic.

Read more about Commonwealth vaccination clinics on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Vaccination providers can’t charge you for the vaccine or your appointment. If they do, find out how to report incorrect billing on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

If you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, your eligibility for government payments won’t be affected.

Page last updated: 7 September 2022