Get your COVID-19 Vaccinations as part of the free COVID-19 government vaccination program.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a form of Coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, headache, muscle & joint pains and fatigue. Some people may experience only mild disease and recover quickly, while others may get very sick very quickly.
It is anticipated that COVID-19 will be in the community for many years to come. Getting vaccinated, including boosters when recommended has many benefits including protecting yourself against severe illness and death; reducing the prevalence of symptoms associated with “long COVID”; and slowing the spread of the virus in the community.
Book your COVID-19 Vaccination online here or read our FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I be sure the COVID-19 vaccination is safe?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) must approve any vaccine before it can be administered in Australia. The TGA assess the safety, quality and effectiveness of all vaccines before they are approved and registered for us. This is one of the most thorough and strict processes in the world.
COVID-19 Booster dose eligibility
A booster dose is an additional dose of vaccine following the completion of the primary course. A booster dose will give you stronger and longer lasting protection against COVID-19.
If it has been more than 6 months since your last COVID-19 infection or COVID-19 vaccination (whichever is most recent) you may be eligible for a booster dose. Refer to the table below:
ATAGI 2023 Booster Advice
For those patients who are recommended to “consider” a dose, decision-making should be based on an individual risk-benefit assessment with your immunisation provider. Your National Pharmacies pharmacist can help with this.
Is there a waiting period between COVID-19 vaccination and influenza vaccination?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Inmmunisation (ATAGI) advise that covid and influenza vaccines may be co-administered (i.e. on the same day).
Which COVID-19 vaccines are National Pharmacies administering?
National Pharmacies are administering the following vaccinesModerna Spikevax, Pfizer Comirnaty and Nuvaxovid (Novavax) vaccines. Only selected pharmacies are administering Novavax
Who can have a COVID-19 vaccination at National Pharmacies?
Anyone aged 5 years and over is currently able to be vaccinated at selected National Pharmacies stores.
Please do not come to your appointment if:
- You are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
- You are waiting for COVID-19 test results
- You have tested positive for COVID-19
- You are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
Should I get my child vaccinated?
Children aged from 5 years old are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
There are many reasons for a child or teen to get vaccinated, including:
- Protection from catching COVID-19, reducing risk of severe disease, death, and long-term side effects of COVID-19 (long COVID)
- Protecting family, friends, schoolmates, workmates & teammates
- Keeping schools open, limiting disruption to team sports and other activities
Do I have to make a booking?
Yes, you can book online quickly and easily by clicking here.
Do I need a prescription?
No, a prescription is not required if you are having one of our qualified health professionals administer (inject) the vaccine to you in store.
What is the price?
Free. Patients cannot be charged for COVID-19 vaccination services
What are the ingredients of the different COVID-19 vaccines?
Click here for a breakdown of each vaccine including active ingredients and dosing
Who is administering the vaccination at National Pharmacices?
Qualified Pharmacist immunisers will be administering the vaccination at National Pharmacies. These pharmacists are authorised to administer vaccinations in their relevant state or territory, have completed all necessary immunisation training/qualifications as well as being up to date with the Covid-19 Vaccination Training Program.
I have heard that the COVID-19 vaccines can give you COVID-19, is that true?
No, none of the Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia contain the live virus so they cannot give you Covid-19. Some of the side effects from the vaccine such as fever and fatigue may mimic the symptoms of Covid-19, but these symptoms will only last a short time and are a normal sign that the body is mounting an immune response against the virus.
I am fit and healthy so will I be fine without a COVID-19 vaccination?
Covid-19 can spread quickly and rapidly and to anyone. Even those who are fit and healthy can still get Covid-19 and may experience long-standing symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and chest pain, as a result. Research shows that vaccination against Covid-19 prevents severe disease, hospitalization and death from Covid-19. Also, if you are lucky enough to escape Covid-19 infection with only mild symptoms, you may still pass the disease to someone who may get very sick with it. Getting vaccinated helps to protect not only yourself, but others in your community too.
Do I need a valid Medicare card?
No, a Medicare card is not required. However, if you are eligible for Medicare, please bring your Medicare card with you. People who are not eligible for a Medicare card can still receive their vaccination in a pharmacy.
Customers are encouraged to book their COVID vaccinations online here. Bookings can be canceled or rescheduled by following the link sent to you after your initial booking is made. If you do not have access to our website, or have queries not addressed in these FAQs, please phone the pharmacy in which you wish to receive your vaccination.