How to get the 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.
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.
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 . Find out more about the .
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.
Information hub - COVID-19 vaccine
This page provides links to current research and resources for people interested in finding out more about the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Who can get vaccinated against COVID-19
Information about the phases of rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Information about getting vaccinated including how to prepare and what to expect.
Information for COVID-19 vaccine providers
Information about the COVID-19 vaccine for vaccine providers.
Translated information about COVID-19 vaccines
Information about COVID-19 vaccine rollout and safety in languages other than English.
Reviewed 11 June 2021