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Vaccination rollout phases

The free vaccination will start with high-risk groups and then become available to all Australians.

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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:

  1. confirm which vaccination phase you are part of
  2. book your vaccination at a clinic near you.

Start the checker

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

Phase 1b

  • 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

Phase 2a

  • 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

Phase 2b

Balance of adult population.

Catch up any unvaccinated people from previous phases

Estimated number of people in this group: 6,643,000

Phase 3

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

COVID-19 vaccine bookings

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

 

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