Who can get vaccinated against COVID-19

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

How to get the vaccine

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

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

The following people can get a COVID-19 vaccine now:

  • People who are aged 40 years and over
  • Hotel quarantine and border workers
  • Household contacts of hotel quarantine and border workers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Aged care staff and residents
  • Disability care staff and residents
  • Critical and high risk workers who are currently employed including:
    • defence force personnel
    • police, fire, emergency services workers
    • meat and seafood processing workers
  • The Victorian Government has expanded the priority group to include people in the following workplaces.
    • corrective and detention services including community correction staff
    • staff working within high risk accommodation settings such as supported residential services
    • public transport drivers and workers that are public facing
    • ride share and taxi drivers
    • all staff at international ports of entry
  • Adults with a significant disability
  • People with a disability who are participants of NDIS
  • People aged 16 years and over with an underlying medical condition.
  • People that are vulnerable and at high risk of contracting or developing serious illness from COVID-19, such as:
    • those experiencing homelessness, sleeping rough, or in emergency accommodation 
    • those receiving drug and alcohol support services 
    • residents of residential mental health facilities
    • those in sensitive accommodation including high rise/low rise public housing, supported residential services, community housing, rooming houses and others
    • prisoners in custody and detainees within corrections facilities 
  • Carers (paid and unpaid) of some individuals eligible under Phase 1a and 1b, or of children with specified medical conditions – see COVID-19 vaccination program Phase 1b for further details
  • Some disability and aged care support volunteers – see COVID-19 vaccination program Phase 1b for further details
  • Travellers who have received a travel restriction exemption from the Australian Government to leave Australia
  • People who have already had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (including individuals who have returned from interstate or overseas) can receive their second dose at the appropriate timing between doses regardless of the phase they are in.
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 years and over 

Phases of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout

The national rollout of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine program is happening in phases. View the number of doses delivered in Victoria

  • COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b.
  • Phase 1a started on 22 February 2021 - approximately 200,000 people in Victoria
  • Phase 1b started on 22 March 2021 – approximately 1.4 million people in Victoria
  • People aged 50 years and over from 3 May 2021 – over 2 million people in Victoria
  • People aged 40 years and over from 28 May 2021

Participating general practices (GP) are offering COVID-19 vaccination to all adults aged 60 years and over.

Find out which phase of the rollout you are in

To find out which phase you are in, you can use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

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

Which vaccine you will receive

Vaccines are administered following the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI): 

  • the  Pfizer vaccine will be offered to people under 60 years of age
  • The Pfizer vaccine will also be offered to all health care workers, quarantine and border workers, household contacts of hotel quarantine workers and border workers, and residential aged and disability care workers and residents aged 16 or over. 
  • the  AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered to people aged 60 years and over

For information on how to book an appointment, visit book your vaccine appointment.

Information for people with a history of blood clots

If you have questions about a pre-existing medical condition and getting a COVID-19 vaccine you should speak to your doctor.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australian and New Zealand (THANZ) have released a joint statement on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

People with the following conditions can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine:

  • History of blood clots in typical sites
  • Increased clotting tendency that is not immune mediated
  • Family history of blood clots
  • History of ischaemic heart disease or stroke
  • Current or past thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
  • Those receiving anticoagulation therapy

Anyone who has already had their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious side effects can receive their second dose of AstraZeneca. It is safe and recommended by ATAGI.

People who should seek medical advice before their vaccine

If you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and you have one of the following medical conditions you should speak to doctor before you get your COVID-19 vaccine:

  • A history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis or antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis.
  • Had immediate (within 2 hours) and generalised symptoms of a possible allergic reaction (e.g. hives) to a previous dose of AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Those who have anaphylaxis after a previous dose of AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Those who have anaphylaxis to polysorbate 80 (a component of AstraZeneca vaccine).
  • Those who have had any other serious adverse events attributed to the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.

Reviewed 21 July 2021

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