COVID-19 Vaccination


The primary goal of the Australian COVID-19 vaccine program is to minimise the risk of severe disease, including hospitalisation and death, from COVID-19 infection.

Everyone 5 years and over can now be vaccinated against COVID-19.

We are unable to offer exemptions for COVID-19 vaccinations at Pear Tree Family Practice outside of strict Government criteria.

How do COVID-19 vaccination’s work?

The vaccines work by teaching your body to fight illness so that you don’t get sick or your symptoms aren’t as bad if you do get sick.

Having the vaccine means you will be less likely to catch COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you’re vaccinated, you will be able to visit vulnerable or older family members more safely. 

There is still a chance that you will catch COVID-19, but if you do, you are likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.


Which COVID-19 vaccine can I get?

All age groups are given the same safe and effective vaccine, which is given at a different dose depending on age. Some vaccines are only available for certain age groups.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, providing protection against existing variants including Delta and Omicron.

The vaccines have been tested extensively in clinical trials and, following the conclusion of the clinical trials, millions of people around the world have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Everyone 5 years and over can now be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (lower dose than for ages 12+)
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart

Children aged 6 to 11:

  • Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (lower dose than for ages 12+)
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (lower dose than for ages 12+, only available at GPs and pharmacies)
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart

Children with severe immunocompromise:

  • A third dose is recommended, two months after the second dose, to increase their level of immunity to as close as possible to the general population.

People aged 12 to 15:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart (only available at GPs and pharmacies)

People aged 12 to 15 who have a disability with significant or complex health needs or who have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19:

  • A Pfizer booster dose three months after your second dose.

People aged 12 to 15 with severe immunocompromise:

  • A third dose is recommended, two months after the second dose
  • A Pfizer booster dose three months after your third dose

People aged 16 to 17:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
    • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart (only available at GPs and pharmacies)
    • A Pfizer booster dose three months after your second dose

People aged 16 to 17 who have a complex, chronic or severe condition that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

  • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose.

People aged 16 to 17 with severe immunocompromise:

  • A third dose is recommended, two months after the second dose
  • A booster dose three months after your third dose
  • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose

People aged 18 to 64:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
    • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (only available at GPs and pharmacies)
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
    • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (only available at selected SA Health vaccination clinics, GPs and pharmacies)
    • Two doses, three weeks apart
    • A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose three months after your second dose
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (only available at GPs and pharmacies)

People aged 18 to 64 who have a complex, chronic or severe condition that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

  • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose.

People aged 18 to 64 with severe immunocompromise:

  • A third dose is recommended, two months after the second dose
  • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose.

People aged 65 and over:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
    • A booster dose three months after your second dose
    • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (only available at GPs and pharmacies)
    • Two doses, eight weeks apart
    • A booster dose three months after your second dose
    • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose
  • Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (only available at selected SA Health vaccination clinics, GPs and pharmacies)
    • Two doses, three weeks apart
    • A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose three months after your second dose
    • A Pfizer or Moderna winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (only available at GPs and pharmacies)
    • Two doses, eight to twelve weeks apart
    • A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose three months after your second dose
    • A Pfizer or Moderna winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose

People aged 65 and over with severe immunocompromise:

  • A third dose is recommended, two months after the second dose
  • A booster dose three months after your second dose
  • A winter dose four months after your booster dose, or three months after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 if you caught it after your booster dose

All vaccines need to be delayed by three months after a COVID-19 infection.

Pfizer vaccine and pregnancy

RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy. There is also evidence of antibody in cord blood and breast milk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity.

Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.

Read the joint statement between RANZCOG and ATAGI about COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women.

Where can I get my COVID-19 vaccination?

You may choose to source your COVID vaccination from several providers.  These vaccination sites can be found here

Tell me about the COVID-19 vaccination

The Department of Health has a webpage that is regularly updated on the COVID vaccination.  If you would prefer to speak over the phone, you can call the COVID Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080.  You may also email any questions covidvaccineenquiries@health.gov.au.

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