COVID-19 vaccine rollout is continuing in Australia.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring everyone in Australia will have access to the vaccination when it’s their turn – this includes international students who are studying in Australia.
The COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary and free for everyone in Australia. You do not need a Medicare card if you get your vaccination at Commonwealth vaccine clinics and state or territory vaccine clinics.
Vaccines and how they work
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) are the scientists and medical experts who regulate and approve all vaccines and medicines, and other medical products for use in Australia. The TGA checks all COVID-19 vaccines for quality, safety and effectiveness before approving them for use in Australia. This is the same process that all vaccines go through in Australia.
Medical experts in the TGA continuously check all vaccines to make sure they are safe. Vaccines are only allowed to be used in Australia after they have been assessed and approved.
A vaccine is a medicine that helps people fight a virus if they come in contact with it, and stop them from getting very sick.
COVID-19 vaccines teach your body how to know if COVID-19 is there, and how to fight the virus.
The vaccines do not have any COVID-19 in them. This means they can’t give you COVID-19.
For the best protection against COVID-19, two doses are needed, a few weeks apart.
The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use within Australia have been shown to be very good at protecting against severe illness or death.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect you, your family and community from the virus.
To find out when it is your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use the Eligibility Checker at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker
Once you complete the Eligibility Checker you will see a list of places you can book to have your vaccine.
You can also talk to your doctor about booking in for your vaccine.
It doesn’t stop here: your continued diligence is needed
It’s important to note that the vaccinations don’t stop you from getting COVID-19, they are designed to prepare your body for possible exposure to the virus and help reduce the severity of the disease.
You are still encouraged to continue practising safety measures such as keeping 1.5 metres from others, wash hands regularly with soap and water, stay home when you are sick, get tested for COVID-19 and wear a mask when required.
It is important to stay informed through official sources.
The Department of Health has information on the COVID-19 vaccines available in 63 languages. Visit http://www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines-languages if you’d like information in your language.
The National Coronavirus Help line, 1800 020 080, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available to anyone in Australia who would like more information on anything COVID-19-related. For translating and interpreting services call 131 450.
For further information on the vaccine rollout, visit the Australian Department of Health website.