The Pfizer Comirnaty Vaccine for Covid

What is Covid?

Covid-19 is a contagious disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. It is spread through contact with an infected person, typically through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include fever, tiredness, and dry cough, as well as other more severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing and pneumonia. It can be fatal in some cases.


Who is eligible?

From 7 March 2024: The updated Pfizer Comirnaty vaccination, containing the XBB strain, will be administered for all doses. Anyone over the age of 30 years who was last immunised or tested positive for COVID more than 6 months ago will be eligible for an additional dose of the COVID vaccination. You can check your vaccination and reported testing history at My Health Record.

To check full eligibility, view the "How many COVID-19 vaccines to get and when" here or speak to one of our friendly vaccinator pharmacists.

Our vaccinators can administer COVID vaccinations to those 12 years and older who are eligible. Paediatric doses of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine are available through most GPs.


Are there any potential side effects?

Every medication can have side effects, vaccinations are no different.  Most side effects from vaccination will settle within a few days and can be managed by resting and drinking plenty of fluids. If you are concerned about a reaction you might be having to your vaccination phone us on 03 477 9793 or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Common responses:

  • Pain at injection site
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Joint aches
  • Nausea

Rare responses:

  • Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes)
  • Myocarditis - seek urgent medical care if you experience any symptoms related to your heart
  • Pericarditis - seek urgent medical care if you experience any symptoms related to your heart


More information including how to book:

Our qualified Vaccinating Pharmacists administer a number of funded and non-funded vaccinations.


Information for after your Covid vaccination

After your vaccination