Covid Vaccine Rollout Information - Department of Health



Australia remains on track to begin rolling out the COVID-19 Vaccination Program from 22 February.

Initial doses of vaccines will go to:

  • aged care and disability care residents and workers
  • frontline healthcare workers
  • quarantine and border workers.

Quarantine and frontline health care workers will need to provide proof of occupation to be vaccinated under phases 1a and 1b of the rollout.


Phase 1a 

Quarantine, border and front line health care workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility

Quarantine and border workers, including:

  • staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)
  • staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements, and  
  • Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travellers as part of their work.
 

Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation

  • frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments,COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
  • laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
  • ambulance and paramedics service
  • GP respiratory clinics, and  
  • COVID-19 testing facilities.

*All other healthcare workers are included in Phase 1b, including medical and tertiary students with placements in these healthcare settings.

 

Aged care and disability care staff

 

Aged care and disability care residents

 
Number of doses: up to 1.4m  

Phase 1b
 

Elderly adults aged 80 years and over

 

Elderly adults aged 70-79 years

 

Other health care workers

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55

 

Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability

*People will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination via My health record, a health professional referral if required or a declaration form.

 

Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

* Workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility.

 
Number of doses: up to 14.8m  

Phase 2a
 

Adults aged 60-69 years

 

Adults aged 50-59 years

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54

 

Other critical and high risk workers

 
Number of doses: up to 15.8m  

Phase 2b
 

Balance of adult population

 

Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases

 
Number of doses: up to 16m  

Phase 3

< 16 if recommended*  
Number of doses: up to 13.6m  
  • *Pfizer vaccine only


For further information visit the Department of Health website.