Have you booked your second dose yet?

If not, book your second dose and complete your vaccination against COVID‑19. Your second dose booking should be made no earlier than 3 weeks after your first dose if you received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, or no earlier than 4 weeks after and no later than 12 weeks after your first dose if you received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Note that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has determined that to create the very best immune response, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be administered 12 weeks apart.

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

3 weeks after first injection

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

4 to 12 weeks after first injection

COVID‑19 vaccine side effects

After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days. Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:

You can book a GP here or use the COVID‑19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

Who to contact

You can ask your doctor for specific advice about side effects.

If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety.

Your vaccination clinic can report side effects to the Therapeutic Goods Administration your behalf, or you can report your side effects yourself. Visit the TGA website to find out how.

Post vaccination resources

The Department of Health has developed resources about what you can expect after your vaccination. You can access these resources at the Department of Health website.

Translated versions of these resources are available as well as Easy Read versions.

More information

After your COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you by:

  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • keeping 1.5m from others
  • making sure the COVIDSafe app is active on your phone
  • staying informed about local restrictions.