Who will be able to get vaccinated first - coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Information about how access to the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will be prioritised.

It is expected that there will be limited doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine initially. To get the most benefit out of the initial doses, some people will get priority access. The initial doses will be limited as it takes time to safely produce large doses of the vaccine, and the vaccine will be in high demand globally.

The people who are likely to get priority access are: 

  • People who have an increased risk, relative to others, of developing severe disease or dying from coronavirus (COVID-19):
    • older people
    • people with certain pre-existing underlying medical conditions
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People at an increased risk of exposure, infection and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), or are in a setting with high transmission potential:
    • health and aged care workers
    • other care workers such as group residential care workers and disability care workers
    • people in other settings where the risk of virus transmission is increased such as correctional and detention facilities, and meat processing plants.
  • People working in critical services:
    • select essential services staff such as emergency services providers, defence forces, public health staff and staff managing quarantine facilities
    • people working in supply and distribution of essential goods and services such as food, water, electricity, telecommunications and other critical infrastructure.

As more doses become available, more people will be able to get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The Victorian Government and the Australian Government are working hard to ensure the vaccine is widely available.

How priority groups are identified

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has provided advice on the priority groups. This advice is consistent with guidance from the World Health Organization. You can read more about how priority groups have been identified.

While access to the vaccine is likely to need to be prioritised initially, the aim is to make the vaccine available to everyone as quickly as possible. The more people who get vaccinated the better protected we all are from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Stay safe while the vaccine is distributed

It will take time to purchase, distribute and vaccinate enough people to achieve community immunity. You will need to keep being COVIDSafe, to keep yourself and your friends, family and loved ones safe.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitiser when you can’t wash your hands.
  • Keep 1.5 metres distance from other people
  • Wear a face mask when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  • Meet outdoors where possible. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
  • If you are unwell you should get tested and stay at home.

Reviewed 28 December 2020

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