In Australia right now, being fully vaccinated means you have completed a primary course (two doses) of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.1-3 It takes up to 2 weeks after your second dose for your body to build protection (immunity) against the virus.4
The following vaccines are currently provisionally approved for use in Australia:5
- COMIRNATY – Pfizer
- VAXZEVRIA – AstraZeneca
- SPIKEVAX (elasomeran) – Moderna
- COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen – Janssen-Cilag (note that this vaccine is not included in Australia’s vaccine rollout).
Provisional approval means that the vaccine has met the high standards of safety, effectiveness and quality required for use in Australia. This allows for temporary registration and inclusion on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods for up to 2 years, with an option to extend provisional registration beyond this initial period.6
Find out more about vaccines and COVID-19.
The Australian Government Department of Health also has information on approved COVID-19 vaccines.
You can download the Approved Product Information or the Consumer Medicine Information for COMINARTY, VAXZEVRIA, SPIKEVAX and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
As of 1 November 2021, the following vaccines (in addition to all provisionally approved vaccines listed above) are recognised for the purpose of travel to Australia:7
- CoronaVac (Sinovac)
- Covishield (AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India)
- BBIBP-CorV for people aged 18–60 years of age (Sinopharm)
- Covaxin (Bharat Biotech).
A booster dose is an extra dose of a vaccine, given after the primary course. Although not mandatory, it is recommended to maintain your immunity against COVID-19.8
Find out more about advice on COVID-19 booster doses.
Currently, you are considered fully vaccinated if you have completed a primary course.1-3 This may change in the future as booster programs roll out.