Getting vaccinated for COVID-19

Learn about getting vaccinated for COVID-19, including how the vaccine will be rolled out.

COVID-19 vaccination - safe, effective, free

Thursday 8 April 2021: The Australian Government is reviewing the COVID-19 vaccination program rollout. This webpage will be updated with the new rollout details as soon as possible. Please read the ATAGI statement for the latest information about the recent AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safety advice.

Australia's vaccine rollout

Who will receive a vaccine?

Everyone in Australia will be offered a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

At first doses will be limited so high priority groups will get their vaccines first.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) gave advice to the Government on prioritising groups for COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines will be voluntary and free

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Australia. Vaccination providers cannot charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine or your appointments to receive the vaccine.

If your vaccination provider charges for any costs associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination (including booking fees), you should:

  • contact us by emailing provider.benefits.integrity [at],
  • or call the Provider Benefits Integrity Hotline on 1800 314 808 (9am to 5pm AEST weekdays). 

You should book a separate appointment at your usual practice for health issues that do not relate to COVID-19 vaccination. If you consult your GP for health issues that are not related to COVID-19 vaccination, you will receive a separate bill.

Your GP will let you know that you will receive a separate bill, and will make sure you agree to any associated costs and payments. 

As safe and effective vaccines become available, the Government will  vaccinate as many Australians as possible  for COVID-19.

If you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, your eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected.

COVID-19 vaccine information for international travellers

At this time, Australian Government advice for international travellers remains unchanged, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Passengers travelling to Australia must be tested for COVID-19 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure, and display evidence of a negative test result at the time of check-in. 

People arriving in Australia may be quarantined for 14 days and might have to comply with other state and territory travel restrictions.

Australians who get their first vaccine dose overseas and return to Australia before their second dose will be able to get their second dose in Australia – if the first dose was for a vaccine available in Australia (i.e. the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine).

Other vaccines on the National Immunisation Program for people under 20 years old do affect these payments:

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline

If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.

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Last updated: 
15 April 2021

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