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Priority groups

Information about priority groups and how they will get vaccinated.

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When and where to get vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines will be free and offered in a phased approach (Phases 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b and 3). 

This means some people in the community will get the vaccine before others.

People who get the vaccine earlier include:

  • those at higher risk of serious illness if they got COVID-19
  • those most likely to be exposed to it.

Use the vaccine checker to:

  1. confirm which vaccination phase you are part of
  2. book your vaccination at a clinic near you or register to be notified when it is your turn.

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Phase 1a priority groups

People in Phase 1a will be the first to get vaccinated.

Phase 1a vaccinations started on Monday 22 February 2021.

Health care workers who have the greatest exposure to potential COVID-19 patients are included in Phase 1a:

  • COVID-19 clinic workers
  • emergency department workers including support staff
  • NSW Ambulance clinical workforce including patient transport workers
  • COVID ward workers
  • critical care workers including support staff
  • COVID pathology lab staff.

Vaccination location

Vaccination clinics at selected NSW Health facilities. The vaccination clinics are not open to the public during Phase 1a.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible people will be contacted directly by NSW Health or their employer.

  • Staff at entry points to Australia (such as sea ports and land borders)
  • Staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements
  • Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who may encounter returning travellers as part of their work

Vaccination location

Vaccination clinics at selected NSW Health facilities. The vaccination clinics are not open to the public during Phase 1a.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible people will be contacted directly by NSW Health.

  • Aged care and residential disability care workers 
  • People with a disability living in residential care
  • Residents of aged care facilities

Vaccination location

On location at facilities

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility will be confirmed by each facility.

Residential aged care providers preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout can see the Australian Government's COVID-19 vaccine aged care readiness toolkit.


Phase 1b vaccinations started in mid-March 2021.

For more information about Phase 1b, 2a, 2b and 3, visit phases and priority groups.

COVID-19 vaccine bookings

You will go through an eligibility check and then booking options.

 

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