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Information about the phases of rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines

Phases of rollout

The national rollout of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine program will happen in phases.

The first phases of the vaccine rollout are aimed at targeting the most at-risk cohorts in our community of contracting COVID-19 including people:

  • at higher risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and
  • people at the most risk of serious illness should they contract COVID-19.

These priority groups have been identified by the Australian Government and are consistent nationally. The initial doses will be limited as it takes time to safely produce vaccines, and these vaccines are in high demand globally.

There are several phases of the national rollout and each phase contains different priority groups. You can find out more about the phases and priority groups within each phase by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health website.

The Victorian Government and the Australian Government are working hard to ensure vaccines are widely available.

Current phase of rollout

Currently COVID-19 vaccines are being rollout out to phase 1a, which includes quarantine, border and frontline health care workers, and aged care and disability care residents and staff.  

More people will have access to a vaccine as more doses become available throughout 2021. 

You can find out more information about phase 1a and which phase you are likely to get vaccinated by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Understanding which phase of the rollout you are in

The Australian Government is responsible for the COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy, including the phasing of the COVID-19 vaccines.   

You can use the  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out which phase you are in.   

You may need to provide evidence of eligibility to your vaccination provider before you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The Australian Technical Advisory Group provides advice on COVID-19 vaccines. They have accessed the Pfizer vaccine (also known as the Comirnaty vaccine) and have provided the following advice.  

  • If you are breastfeeding, you can have Pfizer (Comirnaty). You do not need to stop breastfeeding after vaccination.
  • If you are planning pregnancy, you can also have Pfizer (Comirnaty). You do not need to have a pregnancy test before vaccination.
  • Pregnant women are not routinely recommended to have Pfizer (Comirnaty), but can consider vaccination particularly if they are at higher risk of getting COVID-19. For example, due to their occupation, if they have risk factors for severe illness or due to pre-existing medical conditions.
  • If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider can help you to assess the benefits and risks of vaccination.

The Australia Government Department of Health has developed a decision guide to help women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant make a decision about getting the COVID vaccine.

Further advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group is expected soon regarding the use of AstraZeneca vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Information for people with a disability

If you have a disability you might be eligible to receive priority access to COVID-19 vaccines. You can use the  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out which phase you are in.   

You can find out more information about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on the Australian Government Department of Health website. Other useful sources of information include:  

People who live in residential disability care are one of the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines in phase 1a. You can find more information by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health website.

The Australian Government has provided the following resources to help you make a decision about getting vaccinated:

Information for aged care residents

Aged care residents are one of the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines in phase 1a.  

You can find out more information by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health website.  

The Australian Government has provided the following resources to help you make a decision about getting vaccinated:  

Information for older people

Older people are part of the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines as they have a greater risk of serious COVID-19 infections. 

To view the complete list of the priority groups visit Australian Department of Health website.

Phase 1a

Aged care residents

Aged care staff  

Phase 1b People over 70 years of age
Phase 2a

People over 50 years of age

Information for children and teenagers

The Australian Government has prioritised groups based on expert medical and public health advice. People who are aged under 16 years of age are scheduled to receive the vaccine in phase 3 of the vaccine roll out. Vaccination of people under 16 years of age will only receive the vaccine if approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and recommended by expert groups, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).  

For the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines in Australia:  

  • Pfizer is approved for people aged 16 years and older.  
  • AstraZeneca is approved for people aged 18 years and older.  

In the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, those aged under 16 years are not currently recommended to receive vaccination because clinical trials have not yet been completed for children and young people. It is expected that trials will be completed in 2021. The TGA and ATAGI will review further evidence on the safety, quality and effectiveness for children and teenagers and may provide further advice.   

People who turn 16 during the COVID-19 vaccine roll out will be able to get vaccinated. Everyone over the age of 16 is encouraged to get vaccinated once the phase of vaccination for which they are eligible starts. 

You can find out more information about the phases of rollout by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Reviewed 02 March 2021

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