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COVID-19 vaccinations are now rolling out across Australia.

Do you know when you'll be eligible to receive yours?

Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been in full swing since February.

The vaccines are voluntary, universal, and free for all Australians. The Federal Government has put in place a national rollout strategy to ensure that every last Australian has access to a vaccine, for as many people to be vaccinated as possible.

The two COVID-19 vaccines that will be administered have been approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which assesses the safety, quality, and effectiveness of vaccines.

The vaccination rollout commenced with individuals belonging to the highest priority groups, and are being progressively administered to the rest of the Australian population across the remaining phases, in order of priority.

This large amount of information can be overwhelming, so we’ve simplified it for you.

Simply click on the button below to find out when YOU are eligible to get your COVID-19 vaccine and which one you will receive!

Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Strategy is the Federal Government’s 5-phase progressive vaccination scheme aimed at giving all Australians the opportunity to receive the vaccination, with members of the highest priority populations receiving their vaccinations first. High priority populations would include aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers. Through the program, up to 61.6 million doses of vaccines will be administered to Australians.

Australia has strict requirements for the testing and approval of vaccines, and all vaccines are subject to rigorous testing by the TGA. The TGA has approved 2 vaccines for use in Australia, the:

This means that these vaccines have met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy. It will be free to all Australian residents.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred in adults aged under 50 years.

In people 50 years and over, ATAGI continues to advise that the benefit of vaccination with AstraZeneca COVID vaccine outweighs the risks associated with vaccination.

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.

  • Please speak to your community pharmacist or healthcare professional to discuss your needs.

You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems. Common reactions to vaccination include:

  • Pain, redness and/or swelling where you received the needle
  • Mild fever
  • Headache
Serious reactions such as allergic reactions are extremely rare. They usually occur within 15 minutes of receiving a vaccine. After you receive your vaccine, you should wait this amount of time before you leave to ensure your safety in case a reaction occurs.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

The COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies.

For specific advice about side effects from different doses of vaccines, ask your doctor or health care professional.

See your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible or go directly to a hospital if:
  • you have a reaction that you consider severe or unexpected
  • you are concerned about your condition after vaccination.

There may be some concern among Australians about getting vaccinated. However, there have been many strict guidelines and approval processes put in place to ensure that all vaccines administered, including the COVID-19 vaccines, are as safe as they can possibly be.

  • Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.
  • COVID-19 can spread quickly and widely. It has resulted in the deaths of over 1.9 million people worldwide and over 900 deaths in Australia. When enough people in the community are vaccinated, it slows down the spread of disease. Achieving herd immunity is a long-term goal. It usually requires a large amount of the population to be vaccinated. Reaching our vaccination target of 95 per cent supports herd immunity to slow down the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • High immunisation rates also protect vulnerable people in our community who cannot be vaccinated, such as very young children or people who are too sick.
  • Higher vaccination rates makes outbreaks much less likely. It also reduces the need for preventive measures, such as border closures and travel restrictions. This will reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help save lives and livelihoods.

Vaccination locations will be established across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia.

  • Vaccines will first be delivered through vaccination clinics run by States and Territories.
  • A Commonwealth-led in-reach workforce will ensure that residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines.
  • Doses of the vaccine will be made available to priority groups in 30-50 hospital hubs in urban and rural locations across Australia. The number of hubs will increase as more doses arrive in Australia.
  • The vaccines will also be available at GP respiratory clinics, General Practices that meet specific requirements, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and state-run vaccination clinics.

  • As the roll out continues, more locations will also be made available. When vaccines become broadly available, some workplace vaccination sites and community pharmacies that meet specific requirements will be added.

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About The Pharmacy Guild of Australia & The Australasian College of Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is a national employers’ organisation registered under the federal Fair Work Act 2009, with over 90 years of experience in representing and promoting the value of community pharmacy in the Australian healthcare system. Community pharmacies are a vital part of our national health system, with the potential to make an even bigger contribution to the health of all Australians.

The Australasian College of Pharmacy

The Australasian College of Pharmacy has independently supported pharmacists for more than 40 years of pharmacy with quality and affordable continuing professional development. The College provides pharmacists with easy-to-use CPD recording and learning plans, an extensive range of CPD content and post nominals. A key objective of the Australasian College of Pharmacy is to develop and deliver educational, training and research programs and to contribute to the advancement of the profession.