Winter vaccines reminder

An elderly person receiving a vaccine from a healthcare professional

Age continues to be the biggest risk factor for severe cases of COVID-19 and influenza. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and death.

If you or someone you know is 75 years or older, free COVID-19 vaccines are recommended every 6 months.

People aged 65 to 74 years and people aged 18 to 64 years, with severe immunocompromise, should consider getting a booster every 6 months, following discussions with their doctor.

You don't have to wait 6 months between your last COVID-19 infection and having a COVID-19 vaccination. Both COVID-19 and influenza vaccination are free for eligible people and can be safely administered at the same time.

To organise a vaccine:

  • speak with your doctor, pharmacist or aged care provider
  • book an appointment on the health direct service finder
  • call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222.

More information on COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.

Let's change aged care, together

Every Australian should feel confident about accessing high quality and safe aged care, when and where they need it.

The changes mean Older people will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

To find out more and help design the changes, visit the Get Involved page or call 1800 318 209.

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The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.