Who can get a vaccine

Last Updated: 25 May 2022 3:11pm

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Who can get a vaccine

All people aged 5 years and over can get vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is now recommended that all people should wait for 3 months after a confirmed case of COVID infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible after this period. A longer gap between infection and vaccination is likely to lead to a better immune response and result in longer protection from reinfection.

These are the vaccines available in Tasmania:

  • Paediatric (children’s) Pfizer (Comirnaty) is available to people aged 5 –11 at special children’s clinics held at community locations across the state as well as participating GPs and pharmacies.
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty) is available to people aged 12 and over at community clinics, participating GPs, and pharmacies.
  • Moderna (Spikevax) is available to people aged 6 and over at participating community pharmacies.
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) is available to people aged 60 years and over at participating GPs and community pharmacies.

Visit a state-run community vaccination clinic or find a GP or pharmacy near you on the Vaccine Clinic Finder.


Booster vaccines (third and fourth doses)

Anyone aged 16 years and over can get a third dose (booster) from 3 months after their second primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people who were aged 15 when they received their second dose and are now aged 16.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended for third doses (boosters) for people aged 18 and older.

Pfizer can be given as a third dose (booster) for people aged 16-17 years.

Third doses (boosters) are available at participating GPs, pharmacies and community vaccination clinics.

A 2nd booster (winter dose) is recommended at an interval of 4 months from the first booster for:

  • People aged 65 years or older
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older
  • Residents of aged or disability care facilities, regardless of age
  • People aged 16 to 64 who have medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19 infection. These conditions include:
    • Immunocompromising conditions
    • Cancers
    • Specific chronic inflammatory conditions
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Chronic liver disease
    • Severe chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic neurological disease
    • Diabetes requiring medication
    • Chronic cardiac disease
    • People with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities which increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19
    • Severe obesity
    • Severely underweight

Healthy people aged 16 to 64 who do not have a risk factor for severe disease and who have received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine are not recommended to receive a winter booster dose at this time. This includes health care workers and pregnant women who do not have other risk factors.

People who are eligible for the winter dose, but have had a recent infection of COVID-19, should delay their winter booster until 3 months after their infection.

Read more.


Third dose as part of a primary course

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

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

People eligible for a third primary dose include:

  • 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.

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

People who are severely immunocompromised who get a third dose should get their first booster vaccine three months after their third dose. They should then get a second booster dose, four months after their first booster dose.

It is now recommended that all people should wait for 3 months after a confirmed case of COVID infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible after this period. A longer gap between infection and vaccination is likely to lead to a better immune response and result in longer protection from reinfection.

Read more.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 and over can get a free COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccines are available at state-run community vaccination clinics. To make a booking, go to COVID-19 vaccination or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Special clinics are also run by different Aboriginal Corporations in different parts of the state.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccination services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Tasmania.


People with a disability or special requirement

People with special requirements or disability aged 5 and over can get a free COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccination services for people with disability with a special requirement.


Informed consent

Young people aged 12 to 16 years are encouraged to go to their vaccination appointment with a parent or guardian.

However, people in this age group may be able to give consent without a parent or guardian present if the vaccination provider assesses that they are mature and competent enough to do so.

Influenza (flu) vaccination

2022 flu vaccination is now available in Tasmania.

There is no interval required between COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine - you can get your flu vaccine at the same time. Speak to your GP or health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about getting your flu vaccine at the same time as a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

You can find more information about flu vaccination at www.flu.tas.gov.au.