Did you know that only 30 per cent of eligible Australians have had their COVID-19 booster shot? Boosters are incredibly important because they can strengthen your protection up to 95 per cent against serious illness from COVID-19.

You are eligible for a winter COVID-19 vaccine (second booster) if you are:

  • aged 65 years or over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
  • a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • aged 16 years and over and severely immunocompromised. For people in this group, the winter vaccine dose will be a fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose (three primary doses, first booster and winter booster).
  • aged 16-64 years and have complex, chronic or severe conditions, including:

    • Immunocompromising conditions
    • Cancer
    • Specific chronic inflammatory conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and similar
    • 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
    • Severe obesity
    • Severe underweight.

The recommendations for an additional booster dose focus on protecting the most vulnerable groups against severe illness.

You can get your winter COVID-19 vaccination 4 months after your first booster dose. If you get COVID-19 before your winter booster dose, wait three months to receive it.

The COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be given together at the same time. Most people who are eligible for an additional winter COVID-19 booster will also be eligible for a free flu vaccine.

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