Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all those with or without Medicare.


Which vaccine will my child receive?

Children aged 5 to 11 years of age will offered the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

How do I book my appointment?

Paediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations can only be booked via email. 

Email the clinic on, with the child's name and date of birth, as well as their parent/guardian's name and contact number. 

How will I know an appointment has been booked for me?

Shortly after emailing the clinic, you will receive a phone call to schedule a date and time for your child to receive their vaccination. 

Do I have to attend the appointment with my child?

Yes. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the duration of the consult, including the 15 minute monitoring period post-vaccination. 


Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?

The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, but you are strongly encouraged to accept the offer of vaccination as it is an important measure to protect you, your family and the community from the effects of COVID-19.


What do I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms on the date of appointment?

If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, it is important that they get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.


For medical assessment please book online at Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic.


What should I do if I am sick in the days after my vaccination?

If your child has any respiratory symptoms (such as a cough, sore throat, runny or blocked nose), it is important that they get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.


If your child has any general symptoms (such as pain/swelling at injection site, redness at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle or joint pain, chills or fever, or nausea), we recommend treating the symptoms and staying home until symptoms resolve.


You do not need to get tested for COVID-19 unless: 

  • you have respiratory symptoms, even mild, or

  • the general symptoms last longer than 48 hours after your first or second dose, or

  • your general symptoms are more severe than expected after vaccination, or

  • you are told that you have been in contact with a case of COVID-19 and are asked to be tested by public health.

If you cannot attend work due to illness, you should follow your employer’s normal protocol for advising of your absence. 

What if I have a reaction after being vaccinated?

Your child will be observed by health professionals for a period of 15 minutes following your vaccination. 


If your child has a history of adverse reactions to vaccinations, you may be asked to wait for observation for a longer period of time. 


You will only be permitted to leave the clinic if your child is not showing any signs of an adverse reaction.

How long will my appointment take?

You should expect to be at the vaccination clinic for up to 1.5 hours. This includes registration, vaccination, observation, and potential wait-times.


Can I reschedule my appointment?

If you are unwell or cannot attend your scheduled vaccination appointment, your appointment can be rescheduled. 

If you need to reschedule your appointment, please contact the clinic by emailing

Can I get an earlier appointment if other people cancel?

Some people may have to cancel their vaccination appointment at short notice for various reasons. In these circumstances, we may contact you to ask if you are available to bring forward your vaccination appointment. 


Do I need to wear a face mask when I go to get vaccinated?

SA Health strongly encourages you to wear a face mask during your time at the Adelaide Central Vaccination Clinic, including while queueing.


Can I have my two doses at different clinics?

Logistically, it is recommended to return the same vaccination clinic for your second dose although this is not mandatory.

Will the vaccine be effective against new variants?

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will continue to closely monitor developments in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. Recent evidence from real-world vaccination rollouts has shown that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is effective against current variants.


What should I do if I've had COVID-19?

The vaccine clinical trials included some previously infected people (who had a blood test showing past infection). These people responded well to the vaccine. They had a good immune response and had similar mild and expected side effects to people who weren’t previously infected.

If you have previously been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should talk to your healthcare provider about the best time to have a COVID-19 vaccination.

My child is immunocompromised. Should I have the vaccine?

The AstraZeneca vaccine does not contain the live COVID-19 virus, making it safe for people who are immunocompromised. Immunocompromised people should follow the advice from their doctor regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, including considering when to get the vaccine amongst any other treatments or medications.


How is COVID-19 Vaccination given?

The vaccination will be given to you by a healthcare provider. It is injected into a muscle (usually in the upper arm).


You will receive 2 injections, 4 to 12 weeks apart. It is important that you receive the same type of COVID-19 vaccination for both doses (i.e. both AstraZeneca).


You will be told when you need to return for your second vaccination. Your follow up appointment will be arranged before you leave and you will be reminded of your appointment via SMS.

If you forget to go back at the scheduled time, ask your healthcare provider for advice. It is important that you return for your second vaccination.

For more information...

For more information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine for children, click here.