Am I eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine?
You are eligible to access a Pfizer booster vaccine at Doctors if:
You are an existing patient at Bondi Doctors;
It has been 4 months, or more, since you received your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or AstraZeneca); and,
You have a valid Australian Medicare card.
Eligible patients can now book their Pfizer booster vaccine here.
Pfizer boosters can be administered from 4 months after the second primary course dose of COVID-19 vaccine regardless of the initial vaccine type.
Individuals remain fully vaccinated with the primary two-dose vaccination course, which provides a high level of protection against the worst effects of COVID-19. The booster will provide additional protection and is not mandatory.
Why is a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended for some individuals?
The first dose of your vaccine will begin to build up a protective response against COVID-19 in your body. The second dose will boost your immune response to give you long-term protection against COVID-19. Without the second dose, your body will not be able to fight the virus as effectively.
For a few people, those who are severely immunocompromised, a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended. This is because for those people, their immune system need extra help to protect them from the virus. If you are severely immunocompromised, you should get your third dose from 2 to 6 months after getting your second dose.
For everyone else, a booster dose of the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine is recommended if you had your second dose at least 6 months ago. This is to give you the most protection possible against COVID-19, for the longest period of time.
An mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is preferred to Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) for this 3rd dose. AstraZeneca can be used for the 3rd dose for individuals who have received AstraZeneca for their first 2 doses if there are no contraindications or precautions for use, or if a significant adverse reaction has occurred after a previous mRNA vaccine dose which contraindicates further doses of mRNA vaccine (e.g., anaphylaxis, myocarditis).
The recommended interval for the 3rd dose is 2 to 6 months after the 2nd dose of vaccine. A minimum interval of 4 weeks may be considered in exceptional circumstances (e.g., anticipated intensification of immunosuppression, outbreaks). People who have had a second dose more than 6 months ago should receive a 3rd dose whenever feasible.
How do I book a Pfizer booster appointment at Bondi Doctors?
You can book your Pfizer booster via our online booking system here.
After your Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine
For more information on what to expect after your Pfizer vaccine, please click here.
ATAGI statement on use of COVID-19 vaccines in an outbreak setting
Updated 13 July 2021
On 13 July 2021, the Australian Therapeutic Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) addressed the use of COVID-19 vaccines in the context of Sydney's current COVID-19 outbreak. They made the following recommendations:
ATAGI's advice remains unchanged in age groups over 60. They have reinforced that the benefits of being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine strongly outweigh the risks of adverse side effects in the age group. Vaccination is essential for this group in the context of an outbreak.
Where access to the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine is restricted, adults younger than 60 years old should re-assess the benefits to them and their contacts from being vaccinated with AstraZeneca versus the risk of a serious side effect.
The preferred interval between AstraZeneca doses has been shortened to 4 to 8 weeks in the context of an outbreak. Therefore, if you had your first dose of AstraZeneca more than 4 weeks ago, you should book in to arrange your second dose as soon as possible. In a non-outbreak setting, the interval will remain at 12 weeks.