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COVID-19 Vaccine

 

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Book Pfizer XBB.1.5 - 5-12 years old

Book Pfizer XBB.1.5 - 12 years and older

 

Vaccination reduces the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 and is recommended for all people aged 5 years and older. It is also recommended for children aged 6 months to 5 years with one of the following conditions:

  • severe immunocompromise 

  • disability with complex care requirements

  • complex and/or multiple medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19

You do not need a prescription from a GP to get vaccinated. Most people require 2 doses for their primary course. People with severe immunocompromise require 3 doses. Further doses are recommended or can be considered based on your age and if you have risk factors for severe illness.1

At Wizard, we are approved providers for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, helping to protect our local communities.

You can book an appointment for your primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your local Wizard Pharmacist about the COVID-19 vaccine that is right for you.

Booster doses

Staying up to date with your booster doses reduces your risk of becoming seriously ill or going to hospital if you catch COVID-19, as well as lowering your risk of dying.

As with all vaccinations, people are encouraged to discuss the vaccine options available to them with their health practitioner. You can also use the booster eligibility tool to determine your eligibility for a COVID-19 booster vaccination. The latest vaccination guidelines for 2024 COVID-19 booster doses are:2

75 years and older

•          Recommended every 6 months.

65-74 years

•          Recommended at least every 12 months but may be considered every six months. Talk to your pharmacist about the risks and benefits.

18-64 years

•          With severe immunocompromise: Recommended at least every 12 months but may be considered every six months. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits.

•          Without severe immunocompromise: Can receive every 12 months.

5-17 years

•          With severe immunocompromise: Can receive every 12 months.

•          Without severe immunocompromise: Not recommended.

Under 5 years

•          Not recommended.

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Book your vaccine below or click HERE to find your local Wizard pharmacy.

Book Pfizer XBB.1.5 - 5-12 years old

Book Pfizer XBB.1.5 - 12 years and older

FAQs- COVID-19 Vaccine

Are there any known side effects?

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and save lives. They are closely monitored in the largest global vaccine rollout in history. Most side effects are mild and go away in a couple of days. In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) monitors vaccine safety and 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.

The most frequently reported side effects include headache, muscle pain, fever, fatigue and nausea. Skin reactions at the injection site are also common and can include pain, swelling, redness and an itchy rash. If you have any concerns about the vaccine, talk to your pharmacist.

How does the vaccine work?

Some infectious diseases are unknown to your body, and your body doesn’t know how to protect you from them. A vaccination is an effective and safe way to teach your body’s immune system how to fight off certain diseases. After having a vaccine, your body creates antibodies to protect you from that disease.

If you have the COVID-19 vaccine and are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 in the future, your immune system will respond faster and more effectively against the virus and protect you against the severity of the disease.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination compulsory?

COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary. The Australian Government strongly encourages people to get vaccinated. Doing so will help protect you, your family and the community.

Is the vaccine free?

Everyone in Australia aged 5 years and over is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses, subject to ATAGI recommendations.

Can I have my COVID-19 vaccination at my Wizard pharmacy?

Yes. Wizard pharmacies are approved providers of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Book Pfizer XBB.1.5 - 5-12 years old

Book Pfizer XBB.1.5 - 12 years and older

I have had a primary course do I need a booster?

Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine provide very good protection, especially against severe disease.

A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19.

A booster dose increases your protection against:

  • infection with the virus that causes COVID-19

  • severe disease

  • dying from COVID-19

Is the COVID-19 vaccination safe?

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) carefully look at clinical trial results, along with data on the quality and manufacturing of the vaccines. They only approve vaccines when they have enough evidence that they work, and they are safe.

Are there any known side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and save lives. They are closely monitored in the largest global vaccine rollout in history. Most side effects are mild and go away in a couple of days.3 Like all medicines, COVID-19 vaccines may cause some side effects. The most frequently reported include injection-site reactions (such as a sore arm) and more general symptoms, like headache, muscle pain, fever and chills. This reflects what was seen in the clinical trials.3

Will a flu vaccination protect me from COVID-19?

No. Influenza and COVID-19 are two completely separate viruses. As such, different vaccinations are required to help protect you and those around you from each of them.

Can a COVID-19 and flu vaccination be given on the same day?

Yes. You can receive your COVID-19 vaccine and your flu vaccine on the same day. 

I had my Flu Vaccination last year, do I need a Flu Vaccination every year?

You should get the influenza vaccine every year. This is because the most common strains of the virus that cause influenza change every year. The vaccine also changes every year to match these strains.

Click HERE to book in for your annual Flu Vaccination.

 

Sources

  1. COVID-19. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Aust Govt. Nov 2023. https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/contents/vaccine-preventable-diseases/covid-19#vaccines-dosage-and-administration
  2. COVID-19 vaccine advice and recommendations for 2024. Aust Govt Dept of Health and Aged Care. 06 Mar 2024. Available from URL: https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/covid-19-vaccines/getting-your-vaccination/booster-doses
  3. COVID-19 vaccine safety report - 02-11-23. Aust Govt Dept of Health and Aged Care. Nov 2023. https://www.tga.gov.au/news/covid-19-vaccine-safety-reports/covid-19-vaccine-safety-report-02-11-23#reported-side-effects-for-covid19-vaccines
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