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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Information about a vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Work is underway to ensure we can make the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine available to everyone who wants to get vaccinated, when it becomes available. This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Top things to know about the vaccine:

  1. The vaccine will be tested to ensure it is safe before it is made available to people. To make a vaccine available in Australia it needs to pass Australian safety standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
  2. The vaccine will be free.
  3. We plan to be ready to administer the first doses of the vaccine in March 2021, if the vaccine is safe and approved. It is expected that there will be limited doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine initially with certain groups to be prioritised for the first doses. You can check the Australian Government website for latest updates.
  4. It is highly likely people will need two doses (injections) of the vaccine.
  5. The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and getting the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is your doctor.

Things we don’t yet know about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination roll out in Australia

  1. We don’t yet know which vaccine will be approved for use in Australia. The Australian Government has arrangements to ensure that Australia can access the vaccines that are most likely to be approved.
  2. We don’t yet know when the vaccine will be widely available to everyone. When we know more information about which vaccine is approved, how many doses are available and who is able to get the vaccine, we will update this page.
  3. We don’t yet know where you will be able to get vaccinated – work is underway to identify how best to deliver the vaccine to Victorians. Victoria has plans in place to ensure we have trained medical professionals, including extra nurses, to provide the vaccine. Locations are being identified that could be used to offer the vaccine to large numbers of people in the same way that testing locations have been established.

The Australian Government has released a vaccine and treatment strategy that outlines how the vaccine is being sourced, the process for making sure the vaccine is safe, and how the vaccine will be delivered.

The Australian Government is responsible for purchasing the vaccine, ensuring it is safe and deciding on the priority populations.

The Australian Government, States and Territories will work together to closely monitor the safe roll out of the vaccine and on reporting.

Reviewed 24 January 2021

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