How vaccines work
Vaccines will be available for everyone
Everyone in Australia will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
Each COVID-19 vaccine can be slightly different. It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any existing medical conditions to find out if vaccination is suitable for you.
You should always discuss any existing medical conditions with your doctor or pharmacist before you get any vaccine.
5 phases in the rollout
There are five phases in the vaccine rollout and they focus on protecting the most vulnerable Australians first.
– Quarantine and border workers
– Frontline health care workers
– Aged care and disability care staff.
Phase 1b (current phase started 22 March, 2021):
– Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
– Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
– Other health care workers
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 55 and over
– Adults with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
– Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
– Adults aged 60-69 years
– Adults aged 50-59 years
– Continue vaccinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
– Other critical and high risk workers
– Balance of adult population
– Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
< 16 if recommended*
The vaccine will be free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents, and most visa-holders.
The vaccine will not be mandatory.
You can find information on COVID-19 in languages other than English on the Department of Health website.
Reporting adverse events following immunisation (AEFI)
Because the COVID-19 is a new vaccine the Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) is monitoring all side effects very closely. Anyone who experiences even mild side effects such as fever and pain at the injection site should report them through the following channels:
- Inform your GP or health care professional
- Directly to the TGA online https://www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems
- Contact a pharmacist at NPS MedicineWise on 1300 134 237 (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday) who can also provide advice about symptom management
What this means for you
Whether you are in a priority group or not, the best thing you can do is stay up to date and continue to be COVIDSafe. The Australian Government will provide further information about how vaccines will roll out over the coming months.
In the meantime, everyone still needs to:
- practise good hygiene
- maintain physical distance
- stay home if you are sick and get tested
- download the COVIDSafe app
There are some things you can do now, while you wait to be vaccinated. Find out what you can do to be ready for your COVID-19 vaccine.
How to stay informed
Adapted from Australian Government Department of Health, accessed 4/4/2021.
Read more here: The latest news and information about COVID-19 vaccines in Australia (Australian Government health Department).