Boosters and Third Primary Doses

Last Updated: 04 Nov 2021 4:27pm

Booster vaccines

Who should get a booster vaccine

Boosters are recommended for:

  • People who are 18 years and older, and
  • Have had the second dose of their primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 6 months ago.

This means the first Tasmanians eligible for a booster will be people who were vaccinated at the start of the rollout.

Boosters are not currently recommended for:

  • People aged 12 to 17 years,
  • People who received their second dose of vaccines less than six months ago,
  • People who are severely immunocompromised and have already had a third dose – see below.

Why you should get a booster

Boosters are not mandatory, but they are recommended to maintain protection and immunity against COVID-19.

A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19.

Vaccine types for booster doses

The Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine has been approved for booster doses by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Pfizer will be given for booster vaccines regardless of which vaccine was given for the first two doses.

ATAGI will make recommendations on the Moderna vaccine in due course.

How to get a booster

As with the first two doses, Pfizer boosters will be available from GPs and state-run clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is not currently available in community pharmacies.

To get your booster at a state-run clinic:

  • You should book an appointment by visiting booking or calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
  • You should bring evidence of your vaccination record if you received your first COVID-19 vaccinations at a different provider to a state-run clinic.

Evidence of your vaccination record includes a paper or digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Read more about how to get this evidence.

To get your booster at your GP surgery, you should contact them directly.

Boosters will be available from Monday 8 November.

Third primary dose as part of primary course

Who should get a third primary dose

A third primary dose received as part of the primary course is different from a booster vaccine.

A third vaccination is recommended for people who are severely immunocompromised as part of their primary course of vaccination.

The third dose should be given between two and six months after the second dose.

People eligible for a third dose includes people with active cancers, organ transplant recipients, recent stem cell transplant recipients, people on immunosuppressive medications or taking high dose steroids, those born with immunodeficiencies and people on long-term dialysis.

Vaccine types for third primary doses

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferred to AstraZeneca for this third dose, but AstraZeneca can be used for people who have received this vaccine for their first two doses.

How to get a third primary dose

If you think you may be eligible for a third dose of vaccine, talk to your doctor or medical care provider for further information.

If your medical practitioner is participating in the COVID-19 vaccination program, they will provide you with the third dose.

If your medical practitioner is not participating in the COVID-19 vaccination program you should attend a state-run clinic to receive your third dose.

To confirm your eligibility at a state-run clinic, you should bring evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination record AND evidence that you are severely immunocompromised. Evidence could include:

  • A letter from your GP or specialist
  • Documents showing your medical history
  • A copy of your prescription
  • Discharge summary from hospital
  • Or any other document showing your identity and medical history.

People receiving a third primary dose will also need to complete the Commonwealth Eligibility Declaration Form for a third primary dose. This can be completed beforehand or on the day at the clinic.

People attending a state-run clinic for a third dose should attend as a walk-in only (without an appointment). View the full list of state-run clinics here.