If you work in healthcare, you are at high risk of being exposed to COVID-19. It is important to keep up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines, even if you are already vaccinated or you have had COVID-19. This is because the protection you got from your previous vaccines or from a COVID-19 infection may weaken over time. Boosters increase your protection from COVID-19 and may also also protect the people you care for every day.
Not vaccinated yet
COVID-19 vaccines are still available to healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated.
You can book an appointment at a dose 1 clinic for your age group. You do not have to register in advance but you can speed up your appointment time if you register online for your COVID-19 vaccine through the public registration system.
You can also go to a walk-in vaccination clinic, without an appointment, if that's being offered at a vaccination centre near you.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommends that the number of COVID-19 vaccines you should get is:
- your first round of COVID-19 vaccines (usually 2 doses except for people who received the single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine)
- your first booster dose
- a second booster dose
How long to wait before getting your booster
You should get your booster at least 4 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine. If you have had COVID-19, you should wait at least 4 months after your symptoms started, or after you tested positive before getting your booster.
How to get your booster
You can also get your COVID-19 booster vaccine at a local participating pharmacy. Find a pharmacy offering COVID-19 booster vaccines. You will need to contact your pharmacy in advance to make an appointment.
Vaccination may be made available in some healthcare settings. However, the main way to get your vaccination is by booking an appointment.
You can go to any public vaccination clinic for your age group.
What to bring to your appointment
You must bring photo ID and proof of employment to your booster vaccination appointment.
Your proof of employment can be:
- staff ID
- letter from employer/manager
- letter from education facility confirming clinical placement details
COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine
If you are due to get a flu vaccine, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. Flu vaccines are usually offered between October and April.