Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program will commence from next week. People in priority groups who are most at risk and who need protection the most – will receive a vaccine first.

The rollout will begin with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and following the approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday, will include the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine from early March.

The initial priority groups include aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt reaffirmed that Australia’s vaccine strategy is strong and on schedule.

“Australia will begin rolling out the COVID-19 Vaccination program from next week,” Minister Hunt said.

“This week the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has arrived in the country and the TGA has approved the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. These are two outstanding vaccines that will be available to people in Australia free of charge.”

Frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers will receive the vaccine through Pfizer hubs run by states and territories. In addition, a Commonwealth led in-reach vaccination workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines.

Minister Hunt said the staged approach to the rollout would ensure those who need the most protection get it first.

“Our frontline border and quarantine workers, and people living and working in residential aged and disability care facilities will be the first to receive their vaccines,” Minister Hunt said.

“The vaccination program will save and protect lives. Both of our vaccines will prevent serious illness. That is our primary goal.”

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has identified the following people as being eligible for vaccination under phase 1a of the rollout:

  • Aged care and group disability care workers and residents, including:
    • residents of aged care and people with disability living in disability residential accommodation
  • Quarantine and border workers, including:
    • staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)
    • staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements, and
    • Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travellers as part of their work.
  • Frontline health workers (including clinical, medical students and administrative staff) most likely to be exposed to COVID-19 including;
    • frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments,COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
    • laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
    • ambulance and paramedics service
    • GP respiratory clinics, and
    • COVID-19 testing facilities.
    • Other health workers will follow in Phase 1B

Thousands of aged care residents in Australia, at more than 240 facilities, will receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose next week. The facilities are located across Australia in over 190 towns and suburbs in rural and urban areas in every state and territory:

NT

ALICE SPRINGS

NSW

HEATHCOTE

VIC

NUNAWADING

NT

BRAITLING

NSW

ILLAWONG

VIC

OCEAN GROVE

NT

COCONUT GROVE

NSW

JAMISONTOWN

VIC

POINT COOK

NT

FANNIE BAY

NSW

MARAYONG

VIC

POINT LONSDALE

NT

FARRAR

NSW

MINTO

VIC

PORTARLINGTON

NT

NIGHTCLIFF

NSW

MORTDALE

VIC

RINGWOOD

NT

TIWI

NSW

MOUNT AUSTIN

VIC

VERMONT

QLD

ALBANY CREEK

NSW

NARRABEEN

VIC

VERMONT SOUTH

QLD

ASPLEY

NSW

ORANGE

VIC

WALLINGTON

QLD

BALD HILLS

NSW

PEAKHURST

VIC

WANTIRNA

QLD

BEACONSFIELD

NSW

PENRITH

VIC

WANTIRNA SOUTH

QLD

BIRTINYA

NSW

PENSHURST

VIC

WARRAGUL

QLD

BRAY PARK

NSW

POINT CLARE

VIC

WENDOUREE

QLD

BUDERIM

NSW

PORT MACQUARIE

VIC

WERRIBEE

QLD

BUNDABERG

NSW

PRESTONS

TAS

BURNIE

QLD

BURLEIGH HEADS

NSW

ROSELANDS

TAS

LEGANA

QLD

BURLEIGH WATERS

NSW

SPRINGWOOD

TAS

NEWNHAM

QLD

CARSELDINE

NSW

STANWELL PARK

TAS

NEWSTEAD

QLD

CLEVELAND

NSW

TARRAWANNA

TAS

NORWOOD

QLD

GLENELLA

NSW

TERREY HILLS

TAS

PENGUIN

QLD

GLENVALE

NSW

THIRROUL

TAS

RIVERSIDE

QLD

HARRISTOWN

NSW

UMINA BEACH

TAS

SOMERSET

QLD

HOPE ISLAND

NSW

WAGGA WAGGA

TAS

ST LEONARDS

QLD

KEARNEYS SPRING

NSW

WARRIEWOOD

TAS

ULVERSTONE

QLD

KEPNOCK

NSW

WOONONA

TAS

WEST ULVERSTONE

QLD

LAWNTON

NSW

WOY WOY

TAS

WYNYARD

QLD

MACKAY

ACT

CURTIN

SA

ALDGATE

QLD

MERIDAN PLAINS

ACT

FARRER

SA

COWANDILLA

QLD

MILLBANK

ACT

GARRAN

SA

ENCOUNTER BAY

QLD

MIRANI

ACT

GRIFFITH

SA

EVERARD PARK

QLD

MUDGEERABA

ACT

HUGHES

SA

GOOLWA

QLD

NORTH BUNDABERG

ACT

NARRABUNDAH

SA

HAHNDORF

QLD

NORTH MACKAY

ACT

RED HILL

SA

HEATHFIELD

QLD

NORTH TAMBORINE

ACT

STIRLING

SA

LOCKLEYS

QLD

PALMWOODS

ACT

WESTON

SA

MARION

QLD

PIMPAMA

VIC

BALLARAT

SA

MARLESTON

QLD

REDLAND BAY

VIC

BALLARAT EAST

SA

MORPHETTVILLE

QLD

ROBINA

VIC

BAYSWATER

SA

MOUNT BARKER

QLD

SIPPY DOWNS

VIC

BENDIGO

SA

NORTH PLYMPTON

QLD

SOUTH TOOWOOMBA

VIC

BLACKBURN

SA

OAKLANDS PARK

QLD

THORNLANDS

VIC

CALIFORNIA GULLY

SA

PORT ELLIOT

QLD

TOOWOOMBA

VIC

CANADIAN

SA

URAIDLA

QLD

UPPER COOMERA

VIC

COWES

SA

VICTOR HARBOR

QLD

VARSITY LAKES

VIC

CRANBOURNE

WA

BALCATTA

QLD

VICTORIA POINT

VIC

CRANBOURNE EAST

WA

BUNBURY

QLD

WARANA

VIC

CRESWICK

WA

CALISTA

QLD

WEST MACKAY

VIC

DANDENONG

WA

CAREY PARK

QLD

WOOMBYE

VIC

DANDENONG NORTH

WA

COOLOONGUP

NSW

ALSTONVILLE

VIC

DELACOMBE

WA

DONNYBROOK

NSW

AUSTRAL

VIC

DROUIN

WA

EATON

NSW

BALLINA

VIC

DRYSDALE

WA

EMU POINT

NSW

BANGOR

VIC

EAST BENDIGO

WA

KINGSLEY

NSW

BARDEN RIDGE

VIC

FOREST HILL

WA

LOCKYER

NSW

BLACKTOWN

VIC

HEATHMONT

WA

MADELEY

NSW

COLLAROY

VIC

HOPPERS CROSSING

WA

MARANGAROO

NSW

COLLAROY PLATEAU

VIC

IRONBARK

WA

MIRRABOOKA

NSW

CORRIMAL

VIC

JUNCTION VILLAGE

WA

PORT KENNEDY

NSW

CRONULLA

VIC

LARA

WA

ROCKINGHAM

NSW

DEAN PARK

VIC

LONG GULLY

WA

SHOALWATER

NSW

EMU PLAINS

VIC

MOE

WA

SOUTH BUNBURY

NSW

ENGADINE

VIC

MORWELL

WA

SPENCER PARK

NSW

GLENFIELD

VIC

MOUNT CLEAR

WA

WAIKIKI

NSW

GOSFORD WEST

VIC

NEERIM SOUTH

WA

YAKAMIA

VIC

ALTONA MEADOWS

VIC

NEWBOROUGH

States and territories will initially have 16 Pfizer vaccination hubs operational across Australia. These first hubs will be at:

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW)
  • Westmead Hospital (NSW)
  • Liverpool Hospital (NSW)
  • Monash Medical Centre Clayton (VIC)
  • Sunshine Hospital (VIC)
  • Austin Health (VIC)
  • University Hospital Geelong (VIC)
  • Gold Coast University Hospital (QLD)
  • Cairns Hospital (QLD)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital (QLD)
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA)
  • Flinders Medical Centre (SA)
  • Perth Children's Hospital (WA)
  • Royal Hobart Hospital (TAS)
  • The Canberra Hospital (ACT)
  • Royal Darwin Hospital (NT)

The remaining phases will be rolled out as the number of vaccines grows.

Vaccines will be available across additional settings including GP clinic and community pharmacy. The staged rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is guided by Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Strategy.

The aim of the vaccination program is to save and protect lives. To keep people out of intensive care and off ventilators. Both vaccines approved for use in Australia do that very well.

Protecting people from serious illness is, and must, be the first priority

Find out more about the rollout and priority groups at: aus.gov.au