Getting the vaccine helps protect you, your community and your loved ones from getting severe COVID-19 sickness. Vaccines work by training your body to recognise and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Both COVID-19 vaccines show they are very good at protecting against severe illness and death.
Even though not everyone gets them, mild side effects such as feeling sick, a sore arm, fever, muscle aches or headaches are a sign that the vaccine is working to create an immune response. For most of people, these usually last for a couple of days. If you have a side effect that worries you, please yarn to your healthcare worker or call health clinic.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about the COVID-19 vaccines. If you are healthy and are not at high risk of exposure to COVID-19, then your doctor may advise that you wait until after pregnancy to have your COVID-19 vaccine. If you are breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant, you can receive COVID-19 vaccines. Visit the ‘Is it true’ section on health.gov.au to get the most up to date information.