Doses and eligibility
Third dose vaccinations are available to the general population at least three months after the second primary course dose of COVID-19 vaccine – regardless of the initial vaccine type.
Bookings are now also open for fourth (winter) doses for eligible patients. ATAGI recommends a fourth (winter) dose for:
- Adults aged 65 years and older
- Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise (as defined by ATAGI)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.
The additional winter COVID-19 vaccine dose can be received:
- from four months (or longer) after receiving a previous booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine OR
- from three months after a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection if this has occurred since the previous booster
Severely immunocompromised patients who have already received four doses are now eligible to receive a fifth dose.
The winter dose can be received at the same time as an influenza vaccine, however, it is important not to delay the influenza vaccine if you are not yet eligible for a second booster COVID-19 vaccine dose.
*As announced on 25 May 2022, patients with the following conditions are now eligible for a fourth booster dose:
- Immunocompromising conditions
- Chronic inflammatory conditions requiring medical treatment with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immune-suppressive or immunomodulatory therapies.
- Chronic lung disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Severe chronic kidney disease (stage 4 or 5)
- Chronic neurological disease
- Diabetes mellitus requiring medication
- Chronic cardiac disease
- Severe obesity with BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2
- Severe underweight with BMI < 16.5 kg/m2
The following groups are currently not yet recommended (i.e. ineligible) to receive an additional winter booster dose:
• healthy people aged 16 to 64 years of age who do not have any risk factors for severe COVID-19
• women who are pregnant without any other comorbidity that increases their risk of severe COVID-19
• people from occupational groups, such as healthcare workers, who do not have any other comorbidity that increases their risk of severe COVID-19.
COVID Vaccinations at the UFS COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
The UFS COVID-19 Vaccination clinic offers the following vaccines:
Pfizer for patients 12 years of age and over, Paediatric Pfizer for children aged 5 to 11 years and AstraZeneca for patients 18 years of age and over (note: AstraZeneca not currently approved for fourth dose). Book online or call the clinic on 4320 0891.
Novavax: For patients 18 years of age and over. Available on Tuesdays (9am – 8.30pm) and Saturdays (9am – 4pm). Bookings by phone only: 4320 0891.
This clinic is open 9am to 5.30pm on Mondays and Fridays, with extended hours until 8.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 9am to 4pm on weekends.
Location of UFS COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
The vaccination clinic is located at 309 Dana Street (cnr. Doveton Street South). This is the building diagonally opposite Harris Scarfe, and was previously the offices of Smith & Jennings Accountants. Entry for the vaccination clinic is via Dana Street only.
COVID Vaccinations at UFS Pharmacies
Some UFS pharmacies are offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations to all those eligible.
If you have any concerns or you have a complex medical history, we encourage you to speak to your GP prior to making an appointment.
This service is free and vaccination is by appointment only – book online here.
Patients must not attend for a vaccination if they:
- are experiencing respiratory symptoms
- are waiting COVID-19 test results
- have been directed to self isolate
If you fall into any of the categories above, please call to reschedule your appointment.
Please be aware that we do require masks to be worn by all patients.
Information on COVID-19 vaccines has been provided in different languages – click here to access.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, more information is available at: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccines-is-it-true