Getting vaccinated

Last Updated: 04 Aug 2022 10:00am

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

The following vaccines are available in Tasmania:

  • Paediatric (children’s) Pfizer (Comirnaty) - for people aged 5 to 11 years, administered at community locations across the state, participating GPs and pharmacies.
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty) - for people aged 12 and over, administered at community clinics, participating GPs, and pharmacies.
  • Moderna (Spikevax) - for people aged 6 and over, administered at participating community pharmacies.
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) - for people aged 60 years and over, administered at participating GPs and community pharmacies.

It is now recommended that all people should wait for three months after a confirmed case of COVID infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should 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.

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

On 3 August 2022, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 6 months to 4 years who have severe immunocompromise, disability or complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

This includes children with the following or similar conditions:

  • Severe primary or secondary immunodeficiency, including those undergoing treatment for cancer, or on immunosuppressive treatments
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplant or chimeric antigen T-cell (CAR-T) therapy
  • Complex congenital cardiac disease
  • Structural airway anomalies or chronic lung disease
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic neurological or neuromuscular conditions
  • A disability that requires frequent assistance with activities of daily living, such as severe cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)

Further details: ATAGI recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 6 months to (health.gov.au)

Vaccines for this age group are not yet available in Tasmania. Further information about how and when vaccinations can be accessed will be available in due course.


Booster vaccines

First booster dose

Advice for adolescents aged 12-15 years

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends giving a first booster of Pfizer vaccine to adolescents aged 12-15 years who have completed a primary course three or more months ago, and who:

  • are severely immunocompromised
  • have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

ATAGI continues to recommend waiting three months between testing positive for COVID-19 and getting the next scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

NOTE:
  • ATAGI does not recommend a first booster of COVID-19 vaccine for everyone aged 12-15 years
  • Pfizer is the only vaccine that can be given to eligible 12–15 year-olds as a booster
  • Moderna and Novavax vaccines are not licensed to be used as a first booster for this age group
  • A second booster dose is not currently recommended for this age group

Read the ATAGI Statement on first boosters for 12-15 year-olds

ATAGI also recommends everyone 6 months and over, receive a flu shot as soon as practical. All COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccine can be given on the same day.

Advice for people aged 16 years and over

ATAGI recommends a first booster dose, three months after receiving your last primary dose of vaccine, for:

  • Anyone 16 years and over
  • This includes people who were aged 15 years when they received their second dose and are now aged 16
  • This is commonly known as a booster. For most people it will be their third dose of vaccine. For immunocompromised people who received three primary doses, their first booster will be their fourth dose of vaccine.
  • A person's vaccination status is considered up to date if they have completed their primary vaccination course and received a booster
  • A person is considered overdue if they have not had a booster within six months of their final primary dose.

ATAGI continues to recommend waiting three months between testing positive for COVID-19 and getting the next scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Second booster (winter dose)

A second booster (winter dose) is recommended at an interval of three months from the first booster for:

  • People aged 50 years and over
  • Adults aged 30 to 49 years can choose to receive a winter booster dose, but the benefit is less certain

People previously eligible for a winter booster dose remain at higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and should receive a winter booster dose as soon as possible. They include:

  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
  • 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.

ATAGI continues to recommend waiting three months between testing positive for COVID-19 and getting the next scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

5 to 15 years

Children aged 5 to 15 years are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations if they have received both first and second doses of vaccine. A booster dose is not generally recommended in this age group. However a first booster is recommended for some 12 to 15 year-olds.

Children aged 5 to 15 years who are immunocompromised are up to date with their vaccination if they have received a third primary dose.

Adolescents aged 12-15 years – a first booster of Pfizer vaccine is recommended three months after a primary course for people in this age group:

  • who are severely immunocompromised
  • have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

Read the ATAGI Statement on first boosters in 12-15 year olds.

Why you should get a booster

Boosters are not mandatory but are highly recommended to help keep up your immunity against COVID-19.

A booster dose will continue to protect you from severe illness with COVID-19.

ATAGI continues to recommend waiting three months between testing positive for COVID-19 and getting the next scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine types for booster doses (first and second boosters)

Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for COVID-19 boosters including the winter booster dose. Moderna is not approved for use in people under 18 years.

AstraZeneca and Novavax can be given as a booster in certain circumstances. Talk with your doctor about which vaccine you should receive. AstraZeneca and Novavax are not approved for use in people under 18.

Read the ATAGI Statement on COVID-19 winter booster doses

Vaccination status

Your vaccination status is considered up to date if you have completed a primary vaccination course plus a booster (if recommended).

How to get a booster

Pfizer boosters are available from state-run clinics and participating GPs and pharmacies.

Moderna boosters are available from participating pharmacies.

To get your booster at a state-run community clinic:

  • You can book an appointment online or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738
  • Bookings are preferred however walk-ins are welcome at community clinics

To get your booster at a GP or pharmacy:

Third primary and booster doses for people with severe immunocompromise

Who should get a third primary dose

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

For people who are severely immunocompromised, a third vaccination is recommended as part of their primary course to promote a good immune response.

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

Those eligible for a third 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.

People aged 12-15 years who are severely immunocompromised, have a disability with significant or complex health needs, or who have complex and/or multiple health conditions increasing the risk of severe COVID-19, can get a COVID-19 booster with Pfizer vaccine.

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 and who are 18 years or older.

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.

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 can include:

  • a letter from your GP or specialist
  • documents showing your medical history
  • a copy of your prescription.

People receiving a third primary dose will also need to complete the Commonwealth Eligibility Declaration Form for a third primary dose. This can be done at the clinic.

Booster doses for people with severe immunocompromise

People over the age of 12 who are severely immunocompromised and have received a third dose as part of their primary course of vaccine, should get a booster dose (fourth dose) three months after their previous dose.

Severely immunocompromised people aged 16 and over should also get a second booster (fifth dose) three months following their first booster.

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. You can book an appointment online 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 vaccinations are 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.

Read more information about flu vaccination.