Omicron a good reminder to book your COVID-19 booster 

December 1, 2021

The emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern provides a good reminder that the pandemic is not over yet – and for all eligible people to book their COVID-19 booster shot. 

A COVID-19 booster dose helps maintain protection against COVID-19 and prevent waning immunity.

 

Who can get a booster shot? 

Anyone aged 18 and over who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago is encouraged to get a COVID-19 booster now. 

Those who completed a primary vaccination course overseas with a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration can also get a booster dose now. 

Booster doses are different from third primary doses, which are to help immunosuppressed people obtain the same level of protection as the general population. Find out more on the Coronavirus website. 

 

Where can I get my COVID-19 booster? 

COVID-19 booster doses are available from GPs and pharmacists. You can locate a nearby service and book a vaccine appointment using the Health Direct website 

Boosters are also available at Victorian vaccination centres for both walk-ins or appointments made via the Coronavirus Hotline (1800 675 398) or the online booking system.  

 

State vaccination centres are scaling down 

Now that 90 per cent of Victorians aged 12 years and over have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Victorian Government is starting to scale back the capacity of its vaccination centres. 

This is welcomed news for our stretched health and community health services. Supporting healthcare workers to return from deployments at state-run vaccination clinics to public health and community health services will help to relieve some pressure and strengthen the sector’s response to any future peaks in COVID-19 demand and post-pandemic care demand. 

Some of the larger state-run vaccination centres will close over the next few weeks. More information about the centres and their closing dates are available here 

A number of options will remain in place, including local GPs and pharmacies, pop-up clinics, vaccination centres and vaccination in the home (for first and second doses).