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Timing your doses

How many vaccines do I need to have?

Both COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia require two doses. 

The Pfizer vaccine second dose is required to be given 3 weeks after the first dose.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is required to be given 4-12 weeks after the first dose, however 12 weeks is the preferred timeframe.

What if I can’t make my vaccine appointment (first or second)?

Your appointment can be rescheduled by calling in vaccination booking number. 

You should not attend either of your vaccination bookings if you are unwell with symptoms related to COVID-19, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result or you have tested positive or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, until you are cleared by the Department of Health.

Can I have my flu vaccination when I have my COVID vaccination?

No, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends a minimum of 14 days between either dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine. 

Can I have one dose of the Pfizer vaccine and another dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine?

No, you will be vaccinated with the same vaccine for both of your doses. 

Will I need a COVID-19 vaccination booster in 12 months’ time?

It is still to be determined if boosters will be required.  This information will be released by the Australian Government.