Can the flu and COVID-19 vaccines be given together?
Should I have my COVID and flu vaccines at the same time?
The flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time but some considerations need to be taken into account. Below are quotes from the government document:
“COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine. Studies demonstrate the safety and immunogenicity of co-administration of COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.”
The following needs to be considered…
“There is limited evidence on the safety and effectiveness of co-administering COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as other vaccines. Providers need to balance the opportunistic need for co-administration with the benefits of giving the vaccines on separate visits.”
“There is the potential for an increase in mild to moderate adverse events when more than one vaccine is given at the same time.”
“Co-administration or near administration (e.g. within days) with another vaccine may also make it challenging to attribute potential adverse events.”
”Providers should ensure that parents/guardians of young children receiving COVID-19 vaccines are aware of the increased potential for local reactions.”
So, what should I do?
If you need to have both vaccines on the same day, such as you are travelling, you can. However, if you do not need to get the two vaccines on the same day, it would make sense to separate them by 1 week or more. This reduces the risk of complications.
More information is available on our vaccine clinic page. If you have any questions please check with your doctor.
Making a flu vaccine booking
Influenza / Flu vaccination will occur at HHMP 3 days per week, upstairs in our vaccine clinic.
Making a booking is simple and can be done by clicking the BOOK NOW button at the top of this page or by calling 02 9817 2080. The whole family eg: grandparents, parents and children can be vaccinated concurrently as vaccines for adults and kids will be available at the same session.
Many appointments are available and there is no waiting list.
We continue to vaccinate children for their primary COVID-19 course as well as adults both for the primary course (Pfizer or Novovax) or for the booster dose.
We encourage all eligible patients to get vaccinated against both Influenza / Flu and COVID-19.