Health conditions

COVID-19 information for people who are immunocompromised

Being immunocompromised means your immune system does not protect you from infection as well as it should. You may be immunocompromised because of a condition you were born with or have since developed, or because of medications or treatments for a health condition.

This information should be used in conjunction with information from this website and the Australian Government Department of Health (external site) and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (external site) websites.

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COVID-19 vaccination

The Australian Government strongly recommends that people who are immunocompromised receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

A third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people aged 5 years or older who are severely immunocompromised (external site), to address the risk of sub-optimal or non-response to the standard 2-dose schedule and maximise the level of immune response to as close as possible to the general population.

For immunocompromising conditions and therapies leading to severe immunocompromise, see ATAGI’s Recommendations on the use of a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised (external site), Box 1.

Influenza vaccination

This year, it’s more important than ever to get an influenza vaccination, as the population has lower levels of immunity, and is therefore more vulnerable to infection.

See Roll Up for WA (external site) for state-run vaccination clinic locations.

What to do in COVID-19 scenarios

If you are immunocompromised or have other risk factors that put you at greater risk of requiring hospitalisation, you should contact your GP or healthcare provider as soon as possible if you become a close contact, develop symptoms, or test positive to COVID-19.

Other public health advice for these situations is as follows:

  • If you are exposed to COVID-19 or advised you’re a close contact, check the testing and isolation advice for close contacts.
  • If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, get tested and isolate.
  • If you test positive to COVID-19, contact your doctor immediately for advice and treatment options for your situation, because treatments need to be started within 5 days of symptoms starting. Not everyone who is immunocompromised is eligible for prescription treatments.
  • If you are severely immunocompromised and test positive to COVID-19, you are urged to register for the free WA COVID Care at Home program, which delivers home monitoring care by telephone for COVID-positive people who have risk factors that put them at greater risk of requiring hospitalisation.
Last reviewed: 22-06-2022
Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.