COVID-19 vaccination for youth

All South Australians aged 12 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe way to protect you, your family, and your friends from getting sick.

If you are aged 12 and over, read the Frequently asked questions: People aged 12 to 18 (PDF 183KB) for more information.

If you are a parent or caregiver, read the Frequently asked questions: Parents and caregivers (PDF 217KB) for more information.

COVID-19 vaccines

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 12 and over in Australia. ATAGI carefully considered the benefits, risks and evidence of vaccination for adolescents before making this recommendation.

Research from around the world has shown that Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for children aged 12 and over.

COVID-19 vaccines help people fight the COVID-19 virus if they come in contact with it and can stop people from getting very sick.

The vaccines work by teaching your body to fight the COVID-19 virus so that you don’t become sick or your symptoms aren’t as bad if you do get sick. This also means you are less likely to pass COVID-19 on to other people.

You need to have two doses of vaccine to be fully protected from COVID-19. Pfizer doses are given 3 weeks apart, and Moderna doses are given 4 weeks apart.

You might experience some side effects after your vaccine, but these are usually mild and only last for a couple of days. This might include pain, redness or swelling, a headache, or a fever. This is very normal. Talk to your parent or caregiver if you feel unwell or are worried about how you feel after the vaccine.

Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier, answers your questions about COVID-19 vaccines in the video below.


Getting vaccinated

12 to 15

If you are aged 12 to 15, your parent/s or caregiver/s must fill out a consent form for you to get your vaccine and they must attend your vaccination appointment at an SA Health vaccination clinic, GP, Respiratory Clinic or Pharmacy with you.

If you are getting vaccinated at school, your parent/s or caregiver/s will need to sign a consent card and return it to the school but do not need to attend with you.

16 and over

If you are aged 16 and over, you can fill out your own consent form to get your vaccine at an SA Health vaccination clinic, GP, Respiratory Clinic or Pharmacy with you. You can attend the appointment by yourself, or you can bring someone along with you if you would like to.

If you are getting vaccinated at school, your parent/s or caregiver/s will need to sign a consent card and return it to the school but do not need to attend with you.

Book your appointment

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for people aged 12 and over at SA Health vaccination clinics and selected GPs and Respiratory Clinics. Some schools are also providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to their students.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available for people aged 12 and over at selected pharmacies.

To book for your first and second dose, visit our booking your appointment page.

Further information

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website, which also has a range of information if you speak a language other than English.

For information about the use of the COVID-19 vaccines in South Australia, visit covidvaccine.sa.gov.au or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787.

Resources

Australian Government Department of Health