Clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has made recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines, including:
- primary schedules, including mixed schedules
- booster doses
- considerations for special populations
- coadministration with other vaccines
- minimum valid dose schedules.
ATAGI update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program (September 2023)
COVID-19 vaccine doses and administration
Refer to the following information on COVID-19 vaccines that have been provisionally approved for use in Australia. Find out their dosage, volume, schedules and preparation:
COVID-19 vaccine contraindications and precautions
COVID-19 vaccine adverse events
AusVaxSafety continues to actively monitor vaccine safety for COVID-19 vaccines delivered in the community through two surveillance tools - SmartVax and Vaxtracker. and how your health service can be involved.
COVID-19 vaccine administration errors
Storage, handling and preparation of COVID-19 vaccines
Preparation and use of multidose vials
Cold Chain Breach Management
All cold chain breaches involving COVID-19 vaccines must be reported to the using the .
In the event of a CCB, isolate the vaccines in the vaccine refrigerator, mark them 'do not use/do not discard' until you receive advice.
Report to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
It is mandatory to record all COVID-19 vaccinations given on the AIR. Ensure you use the correct brand name, dose number and batch number.
Authorised COVID-19 immunisers in Victoria
Nurse immunisers, pharmacist immunisers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner immunisers have been authorised to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Victoria.
Secretary Approvals have been issued authorising nurse immunisers and pharmacist immunisers to possess and administer any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in accordance with the conditions outlined in the Approval.
- Refer to Nurse immunisers for a copy of the COVID-19 vaccine Secretary Approval for .
- Refer to Pharmacist immunisers for a copy of the COVID-19 vaccine Secretary Approval for .
On 21 August 2023, registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner (ATSIHP) immunisers were authorised via a Secretary Approval to administer vaccines (including the COVID-19 vaccine) under the written instruction of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or authorised midwife.
Nurse immunisers, pharmacist immunisers and ATSIHP immunisers are required to complete an ‘Immuniser program of study’ and other training as specified in their respective Secretary Approvals.
From 1 October 2023, completion of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care’s COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program (CVTP) training is no longer mandatory for COVID-19 vaccination providers participating in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
All immunisers have a professional obligation to maintain competence and operate within their individual scope of practice by ensuring that they have the knowledge, skills and currency of practice for all vaccines that they administer.
For COVID-19 vaccine reference and learning resources, refer to
COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare workers in Victoria
Secretary Directions were issued on 13 October 2022 which require specified healthcare workers employed or engaged by prescribed Victorian services be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Resources for immunisation providers
- For becoming a COVID-19 vaccination provider, information and practice resources, visit the .
- to support conversations about COVID-19 vaccines. This includes resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and translated resources in many community languages.
- for immunisation providers on administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients, advice about rare side effects, contraindications, precautions and adverse effects.
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance - .
Reviewed 19 September 2023