What you need to know:
- There's no charge to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.
- The cost of other vaccinations can be lowered if you hold the right Extras policy.
- A vaccine costing more than $41.30 can be claimed on private health cover.
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Everyone can get their COVID-19 vaccines for free in Australia. You don't need a Medicare card and it doesn't matter whether or not you're eligible for Medicare.
You can book an appointment via the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. You can get your free vaccinations at:
If you don't hold a valid Medicare card, you'll want to get proof that you've had your COVID-19 vaccination. Simply ask your vaccination provider to print a copy of your Immunisation History Statement.
Any government-approved vaccines that aren't included on the pharmaceutical benefits list (PBS) can be claimed for through some Extras cover plans. The medicine will need to cost more than $41.30. Otherwise, you may need to fund the vaccine privately and you should talk to your GP about this. You can use the tool below to compare Extras plans that might suit you, but you'll need to check on the provider's website to see if the policy covers vaccines.
The government's National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule lists the immunisations given at specific times in life. Routine vaccinations are typically available for free from providers that bulk bill. The eligibility for free vaccines is linked to eligibility for Medicare benefits.
Here are the key vaccines listed under the NIP:
|Routine vaccine||When is it administered under the NIP Schedule?|
|Hepatitis A||2 dose schedule at 18 months and 4 years of age|
|Diphtheria||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Tetanus||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Whooping Cough||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Hepatitis B||Typically first offered in the hospital post-birth; then at 6 weeks; 4 and 6 months|
|Polio||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Haemophilus Influenzae Type B||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Rotavirus||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Pneumococcal||Can be given from 6 weeks of age|
|Varicella (chickenpox)||Given to children at 18 months|
|Meningococcal meningitis||Offered at 12 months and again in school programs at age of 14-16|
|Measles, Mumps and Rubella||Routinely offered at 12 months|
|Human Papillomavirus (HPV)||Offered via school programs at age of 12-13|
|Shingles||Offered to those between 70-79|
|Annual Influenza||Offered free-of-charge to the following:|
Here are some common costs of travel vaccinations:
|Hepatitis A + B||$75-$100||Combined dose|
|Japanese encephalitis||$275-$325||Combined dose|
|Typhoid/Hepatitis A||$125-$150||Combined dose|
*Use these figures as a general guide. Prices can vary significantly.
|Area||Recommended travel vaccines|
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