Booking your COVID-19 vaccine
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated their advice about COVID-19 vaccinations.
A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available in the Northern Territory for those who are at the greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and is recommended for vulnerable groups who have received their primary vaccination and first booster dose.
Book to get your COVID-19 vaccine at, participating GP clinics, respiratory clinics, pharmacies, Aboriginal health clinics and NT vaccination centres.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended you get your next COVID-19 vaccination three months after the date of your infection.
How to book
Mobile Vaccine Clinic
NT Health can provide a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at your workplace or event to vaccinate eligible people.
We can also come to the home of anyone who requires additional care.
You can book the mobile vaccination unit via email or by calling the NT COVID-19 Hotline 1800 490 484.
You can book the mobile vaccination unit via:
Visit the frequently asked questions page for more information about getting your vaccine and preparing for your appointment.
For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website or call the National COVID-19 Helpline 1800 020 080 .
Preparing for your vaccination
- Make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You will need your Medicare details when booking and at your appointment.
If you don’t have an account set up, you can:
- Enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled.
- Set up your Medicare online account, if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.
Once vaccinated, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove your vaccination status.
You can still get the COVID-19 vaccine for free with an Individual Health Identifier (IHI) through Services Australia.
An Individual Healthcare Identifier is a unique number used to identify an individual for health care purposes.
You can go into your nearest Centrelink office to apply for an Individual Healthcare Identifier. Alternatively you can:
Once you receive your IHI you can book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment when it is your turn.
You should not attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:
- are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
- are awaiting COVID-19 test results
- have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation
- are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
If you fall into any of the above categories, check with your GP or health clinic. You may need to reschedule your appointment for vaccination.
Only attend if you have a booked appointment. The estimated time in the clinic will be 30 minutes. It is a requirement that staff observe you for 15 minutes post vaccination.
Bring your Medicare card and ID with you to the appointment.
At your appointment, you will complete a form listing any medical conditions and provide consent. You can also ask any questions at this time.
After consent, you will be able to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.
On 24 December 2021 ATAGI updated their recommendation for severely immunocompromised populations to advise that booster doses are necessary to protect against COVID-19 infection. The three dose primary series is necessary to protect severely immunocompromised individuals.
An initial booster dose is available to severely immunocompromised people who have received their three primary doses at least three months ago.
An additional booster dose is recommended four months or longer after receiving their first booster dose.
Anyone who believes they have an immunocompromising condition or undertaking therapies outlined in page two of the ATAGI recommendations should seek advice from their medical practitioner as to whether they meet the criteria, and to access vaccination.
A third dose (booster) is available to everyone aged 16 years and over who have had their primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago.
A primary course consists of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine registered for use in Australia for the general population.
A third dose is not recommended for people aged five to 15 years.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and recommended by ATAGI as a third COVID-19 dose.
You can have the Pfizer vaccine as a third dose if you are 16 or 17 years of age.
People aged 18 years and over can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as a third dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first two doses.
The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine can only be used as a third dose for people aged 18 years and over, if no other COVID-19 vaccine is considered suitable.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is not recommended as a third dose unless you:
- can’t have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for medical reasons or
- decline to have an mRNA vaccine as a booster dose.
A third dose increases your protection against:
- the COVID-19 virus
- getting seriously ill or going to hospital
- giving COVID-19 to other people
- dying from COVID-19.
You must book an appointment to get your third dose, walk-ins will not be accepted at NT vaccination centres.
You can book to get your booster dose at participating GP clinics, respiratory clinics, pharmacies, Aboriginal health clinics and NT vaccination centres.
A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available in the Northern Territory for those who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and is recommended for vulnerable groups who have received their primary vaccination and first booster dose.
The fourth dose is an extra booster dose which is only available for the following groups, four months after their previous vaccination:
- Adults aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
- Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- People aged 16 years and over who are severely immunocompromised.
Pfizer or Moderna are the preferred vaccines for the fourth dose.
- AstraZeneca can be used when an mRNA vaccine is contraindicated or a person declines vaccination with a mRNA vaccine.
- Novavax can be used as a booster if no other COVID-19 vaccine is considered suitable for that individual.
Territorians who are eligible for a fourth dose but have had COVID-19 after their third dose, will need to wait four months after they have recovered from their infection.
Territorians who believe they are immunocompromised and may require a fourth dose should speak with their GP about eligibility.
You can book to get your fourth dose at participating GP clinics, respiratory clinics, pharmacies, Aboriginal health clinics and NT vaccination centres.
ATAGI recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for all children aged five to 11 years.
The dose is one third of the amount compared to the vaccine for people aged 12 and over.
It is important that your child gets two doses of the vaccine to ensure the best protection against COVID-19. A parent or legal guardian will be asked to consent to your child being vaccinated at the appointment.
For children aged five to 11 years, the recommended time between doses is eight weeks, and this interval can be shortened to a minimum of three weeks in special circumstances.
A factsheet has been developed to assist you in talking to younger children about getting the vaccine.
Bookings are available at participating GP clinics, respiratory clinics, Aboriginal health clinics and NT vaccination centres.