COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone.
The vaccines are safe, voluntary and free for everyone. This includes people who don’t have a Medicare Card, temporary and provisional visa holders (including international students and temporary migrants). You will need two doses of the same vaccine, a few weeks apart, for it to be most effective. COVID-19 vaccines help protect you from getting very sick.
Let’s explain how to book, vaccine eligibility and where to get your vaccination.
Use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out when and where you can receive your vaccine.
From 30 August 2021, people aged 16 to 39 will be eligible for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine as the preferred vaccine for people aged 16 to 59 years, but the AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine can also be provided to 18 to 59 year olds.
If you do not have a Medicare card, you can apply for an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI). An IHI will enable you to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, however, you do not need an IHI to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre.
VACCINATION CENTRES IN VICTORIA
Individual Healthcare Identifiers are used to match the correct record to the person being treated - no clinical information is linked to the identifier. Applying for an Individual Healthcare Identifier and being vaccinated for COVID-19 will not impact your visa status or your eligibility for government payments.
HOW TO GET AN IHI
Get your vaccination. You may experience some common side effects that are generally mild and on average last a day or two. These include:
Fever and chills