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Be Your Own Health Hero - Talk to your GP or pharmacist about which vaccinations will best protect you this winter.

Why Should I stay up-to-date with my COVID-19 vaccinations?

COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities, and additional COVID-19 waves and higher rates of influenza are expected as we head into winter. It's important not to become complacent. Ensuring you stay up-to-date with your vaccinations provides you, and those around you who may be more susceptible to severe disease, with stronger protection. 

If you're not quite sure about which doses you still need or what vaccine you should get, talk to your GP or review the guide put together by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

Do I Need to Get an Additional Dose?

If your last COVID-19 vaccination or infection (whichever is the most recent) was 6 months ago or more, and you have a higher chance of experiencing severe illness from COVID-19, you should speak to your GP about what vaccine is right for you. Groups that may be eligible include: 

  • People aged 65 years or older
  • People aged 18 to 64  years who are at a higher risk of severe illness, or who have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • People aged 5 to 17 years who are at a higher risk of severe illness, or who have a disability with sinificant or complex health needs (based on a discussion with the child's doctor or vaccination provider) 
  • Pregnant women

Your last COVID-19 vaccine dose or confirmed infection (whichever is the most recent) must be 6 months ago or more.

Can I Get Vaccinated After Having COVID-19?

Yes! You can receive your next vaccination once you have recovered from your COVID-19 symptoms. It is recommended that you wait 6 months after COVID-19 infection for your next vaccine dose, however if you have prolonged symptoms you should talk to your doctor about when it is best to vaccinate. 

Should I Get a Flu Vaccination in Addition to a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Yes! For maximum protection it's recommended you get your flu vaccination, in addition to keeping your COVID-19 vaccinations current. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.

Am I Eligible For a Free Flu Vaccination?

NSW Health is offering free flu shots to priority groups, including: 

  • Children from 6 months to under 5 years of age
  • People aged 6 months and older with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • People who are 65 years of age and over.

Those aged 6 months to 5 years of age can get their free vaccination from their GP, and those aged 5 and over can get their free vaccination from their GP, pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service. GP consultation fees may apply.

What is the Pneumococcal Vaccine and Should I get It?

The pneumococcal vaccine can prevent serious illness from diseases like pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia, which are especially dangerous to older people and young children. Talk to your GP if you're not sure if you should get the pneumococcal vaccine.