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COVID-19 vaccine (COVID-19 vaccine) - English (English)

Information about COVID-19 vaccine rollout and safety.

If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

What you need to know

  • Australia’s vaccine program will begin in Victoria from 22 February 2021.
  • Under the first phase of Australia’s vaccine program, the most-high risk in our community have been prioritised, including:
    • Quarantine and border workers, including all staff working in the hotel quarantine program
    • Frontline at-risk health care workers, including hospital staff working in COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 wards,
    • Aged care and disability care staff
    • Aged care and disability care residents.
  • As part of the rollout, the Victorian Government will deliver doses of COVID-19 vaccine to hotel quarantine workers, airport and port workers, high-risk frontline health staff and public sector residential aged care staff and residents, beginning 22 February.
  • The Australian Government is responsible for providing the vaccine to residents and workers in private sector aged care and disability care.
  • As more doses are produced, more people will be able to get the vaccine. The Australian Government is aiming to have all people in Australia vaccinated during 2021.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone.
  • You need two doses (injections) of the same COVID-19 vaccine.
  • When you get your first dose, you will be told when you need to get your second dose.
  • It’s important to get the second dose for the vaccine to be fully effective.
  • All vaccines are carefully tested to make sure they are safe before they are approved for use in Australia.
  • If you are worried about your health or getting the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your doctor.

Why you should get vaccinated

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • reduces your risk of getting sick with COVID-19
  • protects you against becoming very sick if you do get COVID-19
  • helps to protect your friends, family and community.

If most people are vaccinated, the virus can’t spread as easily. This also protects people who can’t get vaccinated.

Vaccine safety

  • All vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, need to pass strict safety standards set by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, before they are used in Australia.
  • You will be vaccinated by a trained healthcare worker.
  • As with all vaccines, some people might experience minor side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This could include:
    • pain where you had the injection
    • fever
    • muscle aches.
  • If you have any concerns about the vaccine, you should talk to your doctor.

More information

More information on Australia’s vaccination program, including the rollout plan, can be found on the Australian Government’s website.

Reviewed 08 April 2021

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