The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has approved a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine for priority groups.
On 7 July, ATAGI expanded the eligibility criteria for winter dose to help reduce severe illness from COVID-19.
Winter dose is now available to:
- adults aged 50 years and above
- adults aged 30 and above now have the option to receive a winter dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to the above, winter dose is also available to:
- people aged 16 years and above who are severely immunocompromised
- residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and above
- people aged 16 years and above who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
- people aged 16 years and above who have disabilities with significant, complex, or multiple health issues, which increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection.
People who are now recommended to receive a fourth dose include people with:
- immunocompromising conditions
- specific chronic inflammatory conditions
- chronic lung disease
- chronic liver disease
- severe chronic kidney disease
- chronic neurological disease
- diabetes requiring medication
- chronic cardiac disease
- disability with significant, complex, or multiple health issues, which increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19
- severe obesity
- severe underweight.
Eligible people can receive their winter dose 3 months after receiving their third dose or after having COVID-19 if infection has occurred since the person’s third dose.
Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for a winter dose for people aged 18 and above. People aged 16 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine as their winter dose. AstraZeneca or Novavax can be used if an mRNA vaccine (such as Pfizer or Moderna) is contraindicated.
Winter doses are available at Victorian vaccination centres now, or at your local GP, pharmacy or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
You can also book by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week.
The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu this year, just as the COVID-19 vaccine is your best protection against COVID-19.
It is safe to get your flu and COVID-19 vaccines on the same day, or at the same time.
Some COVID-19 vaccination centres are offering free flu vaccinations to people who are eligible under the National Immunisation Plan
The COVID-19 vaccination centres that also offer free flu vaccination are listed on the vaccination centres page.
You can also book your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations through your doctor or pharmacy.