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COVID-19 vaccines

Information about vaccines for COVID-19.

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Work is underway to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone who wants to get vaccinated. This page is updated regularly as new information becomes available.

What you need to know

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program began in Victoria on 22 February 2021.

Getting vaccinated helps protect you from getting sick from COVID-19. The vaccines being used in Australia are very effective at preventing serious illness and loss of life from COVID-19.

The vaccines are safe and free.

As the vaccine rollout continues, it remains important to stay safe by washing your hands regularly, carrying a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you must get tested and stay home.

Learn more about the Australian Government vaccination program.

Phases of vaccine rollout

The Australian Government aims to make the COVID-19 vaccines available to as many people in Australia as possible in 2021, with vaccines being made available in phases.

Currently there are limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines available, so groups at a higher risk of infection or of getting very sick if they get COVID-19 are getting priority access.

Currently people in phase 1a and phase 1b are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. From 3 May people who are 50 years and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. View the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered in Victoria.

Find out more about the phases and rollout of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

Vaccine safety

Vaccines are tested to ensure they are safe before they are approved for use. Before vaccines are made available in Australia, they need to pass strict Australian safety standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Find out more about the vaccines available in Australia and their approval.

The Australian Government is responsible for purchasing the vaccines, ensuring they are safe, distributing vaccines to states and deciding on the priority populations.

The Australian Government, states and territories, are working together to closely monitor the safe rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Reviewed 11 June 2021

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