AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as the preferred vaccine for people aged 12 to 59 years. However, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be provided to people 18 to 59 years of age, following an appropriate assessment of the risks and benefits of vaccination, and an informed consent process with their vaccine provider.

Receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, you will need to make an informed decision by speaking with your vaccine provider. Some conditions may mean it is not suitable for you, and it is important that you discuss this with your vaccine provider.

If you want to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, read the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination – Weighing up the potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca fact sheet.

Before you receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, watch the video from Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Emily Kirkpatrick.


Timing between doses

ATAGI and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recommend 8 to 12 weeks (4 weeks at a minimum) between the first and second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

SA Health vaccination clinics will offer second dose appointments between 8 and 12 weeks after the first dose.

If you don’t have your second dose within 12 weeks, you should have your second dose as soon as possible.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is available at participating SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics, including metropolitan clinics:

Search for all SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Participating General Practices (GPs), Respiratory Clinics and pharmacies can also provide the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.