Additional 2023 COVID-19 vaccination update
It is important to ensure the safety of our community, especially our older members. Older age continues to be the biggest risk factor for severe COVID-19. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from severe illness or death from COVID-19.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated advice for the COVID-19 vaccine. If it has been 6 months since receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or a confimed COVID-19 infection, an additional dose:
- is recommended for people aged 75 or older
- should be considered for people aged 65-74 and people aged 18-64 years with severe immunocompromise, following discussion with their health care provider.
People aged 65 years and older who have not had a COVID-19 booster this year, are recommended to get a dose. All COVID-19 vaccines are anticipated to provide benefit to eligible people. However, the monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are preferred over other vaccines for eligible people. If you know an older member of our community who may benefit from this information, please share it with them.
Book a vaccination
Let’s ensure that everyone has access to the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccinations. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website: health.gov.au/covid-19-vaccines.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you:
- Speak with your doctor or pharmacist
- Book an appointment on the health service finder.
Call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 if you need COVID-19 advice.
Oral antiviral treatments
Oral antivirals treatments are safe and effective in reducing the severity of COVID-19 and are available to people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including people 70 years and older.
Be prepared, if you are aged 70 years or older, or have one of the risk factors, we encourage you to have an early discussion with your GP or nurse practitioner about:
- whether an oral antiviral suits your health needs
- developing a COVID-19 plan if you test positive to COVID-19 including how to acess antivirals quickly if you need them.
You must start the treatment as soon as possible or within 5 days of COVID-19 symptoms beginning. Oral antiviral treatments may help stop COVID-19 infection from becoming severe.
Frequently asked questions
I have not had a 2023 booster yet, is it too late for me to have one?
No. Anyone recommended for a COVID-19 vaccine, should get one as soon as possible if they haven’t had one yet.
What if I missed one of my COVID-19 vaccine doses?
Australia has moved away from numbering doses and a ‘catch-up’ vaccination is not required. ATAGI recommends a primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations, including a dose in 2023 and an additional dose if recommended. It doesn’t matter how many doses a person has had before 2023.
I had COVID last month, but my last dose was more than 6 months ago. Should I have another dose?
There is not much benefit from having a COVID-19 vaccine soon after infection. If you are unsure if you have had a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, it is safe to get a dose.
Who can give me a COVID-19 booster?
You can find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic and book an appointment with the health Service Finder at healthdirect.gov.au/australian-health-services.
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine from your local GP or pharmacist, or a GP or pharmacist visiting your aged care home.
Is there a new vaccine that people should be asking for?
All COVID-19 vaccines are anticipated to provide benefit to eligible people. However, the monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are preferred over other vaccines for eligible people.
Where can I find information about COVID-19 and vaccines?
See the Department of Health and Aged Care website: health.gov.au/covid-19-vaccines. You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic and book an appointment with the health Service Finder at healthdirect.gov.au/australian-health-services or call 1800 022 222 if you need COVID-19 advice.
What can older people do if they get COVID-19?
If you get COVID-19 you need to take the oral antiviral treatments as soon as possible or within 5 days after getting symptoms. Oral antivirals treatments are safe and effective in reducing the severity of COVID-19 and are available to people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including people 70 years and older. Make sure you talk to your GP or nurse practitioner to find out whether the oral antiviral treatments are right for you and how to access antivirals quickly if you need them.