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Updated 23rd June 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Hepatitis and Liver Disease

Booking a vaccination

Eligible people can now book to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a Queensland Health vaccination location. If you are receiving treatment or care for other conditions, you will still need to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have concerns about being vaccinated for COVID-19, especially if you have viral hepatitis or liver disease. We have gathered information from health authorities and government bodies to answer any questions you may have.

If your question doesn’t have an answer, please get in touch via our online chat or Infoline on 1800 437 222. These FAQs will be updated as more information becomes known.

Please note: the information provided on this page is general guidance. Please visit Queensland Health for up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
I have viral hepatitis, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccination is the best form of protection from COVID-19, this includes people with underlying health conditions such as chronic liver disease.

Guidelines recommend people living with chronic hepatitis B, and those with a current or previous hepatitis C infection should be regarded as having chronic liver disease and therefore receive the vaccine before the general population.

Advice from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) recommends patients with chronic liver disease be vaccinated as early as possible. To decide which vaccine is right for you and your individual circumstances, please talk to your doctor.

I have chronic liver disease, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

People with chronic medical conditions such as liver disease are at increased risk if they contract COVID-19. As there is no cure for COVID-19 the best form of protection is vaccination.

Advice from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) recommends patients with chronic liver disease be vaccinated as early as possible. To decide which vaccine is right for you and your individual circumstances, please talk to your doctor.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have had a liver transplant or I’m waiting for one?

The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) is supportive of COVID-19 immunisation and has successfully advocated for organ recipients to be highly prioritised. Visit TSANZ for more information.

How do I get the vaccine?

To find a vaccination clinic in your area visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Once you have completed the quiz you can use the Vaccine Clinic Finder to see clinics near you and make contact for an appointment.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m currently on treatment for hepatitis B or C?

COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a live virus and will not be affected by anti-viral medication. Always talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking.

More information – AASLD Expert Panel Consensus Statement: Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection in patients with liver disease

When will I receive the vaccine?

Those who are at the greatest risk of being exposed to COVID-19 will receive the vaccine first. This group includes health care workers and residents in care facilities. Following this, Queenslanders will be prioritised according to their level of risk. People with an underlying medical condition, such as chronic liver disease, will receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1b, before the general population.

Guidelines recommend people living with chronic hepatitis B, and those with a current or previous hepatitis C infection should be regarded as having chronic liver disease and therefore receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1b.

Use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out when you can be vaccinated.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents, and most visa-holders.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects can include a sore arm where you have been injected, fever and muscle aches. Clinical evidence shows side effects are mild and short-term. The vaccines are currently being monitored to detect any long-term effects. In the short term, we know being vaccinated significantly reduces the risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

Where can I get more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Information about how the COVID-19 vaccines are developed, tested and approved is available from the Australian Government Department of Health.


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