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It's your choice

Do I have to get vaccinated?

No, you do not have to get vaccinated, however, by being vaccinated you are helping to protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from serious COVID-19 health implications.


I am currently pregnant or planning to get pregnant; can I get vaccinated?

Pregnant women are not routinely recommended to have COVID-19 vaccination.  Vaccination can be considered if –

  • You are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, for example, due to your occupation, or

  • You have risk factors for severe illness, for example due to a pre-existing medical condition

If you are pregnant, your health care provider can discuss your options with you. 


What happens if I experience side effects?

You may experience some side effects following vaccination.  Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.

Common reactions to vaccination include:

  • Pain, redness and/or swelling where you received the needle

  • Mild fever

  • Headache
     

Some people will experience more significant flu-like symptoms from the vaccine compared to other common vaccinations.
 

Serious reactions such as allergic reactions are extremely rare.  They usually occur within 15 mins of receiving the vaccine.
 

For specific advice about side effects from different doses of vaccines, speak to your GP or health care provider.  You will also be provided with further information when you receive your vaccine.


I am currently breastfeeding; can I get vaccinated?

If you are breastfeeding, it is preferable for you to receive the Pfizer vaccine.  You do not need to stop breastfeeding after vaccination.  Your health care provider can discuss the benefits and risks with you.
 

For more information on receiving the vaccine in pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, please click here -
COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.
 

How do I find COVID-19 vaccination information for people with a Disability?
Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with a disability is available from the Australian Government.  Click here to find further information -
Information for people with a Disability 

 

How do I find COVID-19 vaccination information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with a disability is available from the Australian Government.  Click here to find further information -

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


How do I find COVID-19 vaccination information in other languages?

Information about COVID-19 vaccines in other languages is available from the Australian Government.  Click here to find the information in your preferred language -

Information in other languages