Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine

The following people are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All people 12 years and older
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and older
  • NDIS participants, and carers of NDIS participants, aged 12 years and over
  • Temporary visa holders aged under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process
  • Adults aged 18-59 can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This is in addition to the following people, who were already eligible for vaccination:

  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
  • Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category

Some states and territories will amend their eligibility based on their COVID-19 situation and vaccine supply and uptake. Please stay up to date with information from your local state department of health.

 

The COVID-19 vaccines

In line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 60 years of age across all phases. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 60 years and over. 

If you are aged under 60 years and have already had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and did not experience abnormal side effects, ATAGI recommends you still receive your second AstraZeneca dose. This will provide you with greater coverage against severe illness from COVID-19.

If you are aged 18-59 years of age, you can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine:

  • following an appropriate assessmentof suitability by a qualified health professional; and
  • if you provide verbal or written consent.

More information on priority population groups is available ATAGI’s advice to Government on priority population groups for COVID-19 vaccination.

ATAGI is reviewing data and evidence every week. It may update its advice to government as new information becomes available.

We will update our information if there is any change to the eligibility criteria.

Information that could change the eligibility criteria includes:

  • further evidence about the COVID-19 disease and groups that might be affected
  • how the vaccines work and who they are safe for according to clinical trial results
  • current outbreaks, transmission and medical advice on COVID-19
  • when vaccines will be available in Australia.

What this means for you

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine and how to locate your nearest vaccination clinic.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, the best thing you can do is stay up to date and continue to be COVIDSafe.

Everyone still needs to:

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

• if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that
could be from COVID-19
• if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
• if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
• if you are in quarantine.
If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine
appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a
new appointment.
Click here to read a patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government
Department of Health.

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