Influenza (flu) vaccine 2021

Vaccination against influenza remains important this year. Vaccination experts recommend influenza vaccination for all people aged 6 months and over. The National Immunisation Program (NIP) funds influenza vaccines for people most at risk.

Influenza vaccines are available from late March 2021

Timing influenza vaccination with COVID-19 vaccination

This year both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines will be available in Australia. It is important to plan your vaccination timing to give the best protection against both of these potentially serious diseases.

It is not recommend to schedule  an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day. An interval of at least 14 days between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 vaccine is advised. This 14 day interval is the same for either the Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine or the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

When scheduling influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • People in earlier phases for COVID-19 vaccination should have the COVID-19 vaccine as soon they can, and then plan their influenza vaccination.
  • People in later phases for COVID-19 vaccination should have the influenza vaccine as soon as they can, and then have the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them.

People can use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to see if they can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet.