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When and where to get vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases.
This means some people in the community will get the vaccine before others.
Use the vaccine checker to:
- confirm which vaccination phase you are part of
- book your vaccination at a clinic near you.
Free and voluntary
The vaccine will be free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents, and most visa-holders.
Vaccination is voluntary - getting vaccinated is your choice.
For the type of COVID-19 vaccine expected to be used in Australia, you will need to receive 2 doses of the vaccine to be adequately immunised.
This means it will take time for every person to be vaccinated.
Until then, it is important for you to follow the rules and safe behaviour that helps keep COVID-19 from spreading.
Proof of vaccination
When you get the COVID-19 vaccination it will be recorded in your immunisation history.
You can see your immunisation history in your Medicare records. Your Medicare records can be accessed online through:
You can also get your immunisation history sent to you.
Your immunisation history will show each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine you have been given.
Phases and priority groups
- 80 years and over
- 70-79 year olds
- other healthcare workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55 years old
- adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
- critical and high risk workers.
Estimated number of people in this group: 6,139,000
- 50-69 year olds
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54 years old
- other critical and high risk workers.
Estimated number of people in this group: 6,570,000
Balance of adult population.
Catch up any unvaccinated people from previous phases
Estimated number of people in this group: 6,643,000
Under 18 if recommended (16 and 17 year olds will be able to access the Pfizer vaccine in line with Phase 1 and 2 groups).
Estimated number of people in this group: 5,670,000