COVID-19 vaccination program for 16 to 39 year olds

Learn more about eligibility for 16 to 39 year-olds in the COVID-19 vaccination program.

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If you are aged 40 years or more you are eligible for vaccination.

If you are aged 16 to 39 years you may be eligible for vaccination.

People under 16 years of age are not able to get vaccinated at this time.

People eligible for vaccination aged 16 to 39 years old

If you are aged 16 to 39 years old and you are eligible for a vaccination, you will receive the Pfizer vaccine in line with Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice.

If you are aged 16 to 39 years old you are eligible if you are a:

  • Quarantine and border worker
  • Aged and disability care worker
  • Disability care resident
  • Frontline healthcare worker
  • Other healthcare worker
  • Household contact of quarantine and border workers
  • Critical and high risk worker
  • Traveller with a travel exemption
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Person with an underlying medical condition
  • Other eligible individual

You can book your Pfizer vaccination at:

  • state and territory-operated Pfizer clinics
  • select Commonwealth Vaccine Clinics offering Pfizer
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services offering Pfizer

Quarantine and border workers

Who Requirements

Staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)

Proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Where this evidence is not available, individuals may complete an  Eligibility Declaration Form).

Staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements

Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travellers as part of their work.

Aged care and disability care staff

Who Requirements

Nursing and personal care staff

Proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Where this evidence is not available, individuals may complete an  Eligibility Declaration Form).

Allied health professionals who routinely provide care

Kitchen, cleaning, laundry, garden and office staff

Disability care residents 

Who Requirements

Disability care residents

Letter centre-based support provider.

Where not available, individuals may complete an Eligibility Declaration Form.

Frontline healthcare workers

Who Requirements

Frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments, COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units

Proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Where this evidence is not available, individuals may complete an  Eligibility Declaration Form).

Laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material

Ambulance and paramedic service

GP respiratory clinics

 

COVID-19 testing facilities

 

Other healthcare workers

Who Requirements

People working in health care including doctors, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, dental practitioners

Proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Where this evidence is not available, individuals may complete an  Eligibility Declaration Form).

All public and private hospital staff

Healthcare workers in private practice

Community pharmacy staff

 

All healthcare workers providing in-home and community disability and aged care, including centre-based care

 

Workers who regularly engage in person with those receiving aged care or those with a disability, including aged care assessment workforce, those conducting regulatory activities and advocacy services

 

All healthcare workers in clinical settings, including students on placement

 

Onsite administrative staff in healthcare settings

 

Cleaners, kitchen staff and other ancillary staff in healthcare settings

 

Household contacts of quarantine and border workers

Who Vaccine Where Requirements
Household contacts (those living in the same primary residence) of quarantine and border workers, noting the ongoing greatest risk in Australia is in relation to border entry and hotel quarantine

People aged 60 years and over – AstraZeneca

People aged under 60 Years – Pfizer

AstraZeneca: general practices, CVCs, ACCHS and state and territory operated AstraZeneca clinics.

Pfizer: state and territory-operated Pfizer clinics

Proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer) from the worker, along with evidence to demonstrate the household contact lives at the same residential address as the worker will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Where this evidence is not available, the household contact may complete an Eligibility Declaration Form.

Critical and High Risk Workers

Who Vaccine Where Requirements

Emergency services personnel, including frontline police officers, fire and rescue personnel, corrective services officers

People aged 60 years and over – AstraZeneca

People aged under 60 Years – Pfizer

AstraZeneca: general practices, CVCs, ACCHS and state and territory operated AstraZeneca clinics.

Pfizer: state and territory-operated Pfizer clinics

Defence to provide for ADF

Proof of occupation (ID card, letter from employer or Eligibility Declaration Form) will be required to demonstrate eligibility

Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service volunteers

Active Australian Defence Force personnel

Australian Government officials about to be deployed or currently deployed overseas on official government business

Workers involved in manufacture of AstraZeneca vaccine and distribution/delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

Workers at licensed meat processing businesses where they are directly involved in the manufacturing and distribution process, where the work is in a cold environment and where workers are unable to maintain distancing requirements.

Included: 

  • Abattoir workers, including attending veterinarians
  • Workers in boning rooms
  • Smallgoods manufacturers
  • Cold chain transport workforce
  • Seafood processing

Excluded: 

  • Retail workers including butcher shops, fishmongers
  • Primary production workers, including fishing
  • Clerical workers

Travellers with a travel exemption 

Who Requirements

Australian citizens or residents who have an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption where the exemption letter states the person is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Travel exemption letter from the ABF which includes a statement saying the travellers is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Temporary visa holders with an inwards travel exemption where the exemption letter states the person is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Note: individuals aged under 40 years who have an outwards travel exemption for ‘travelling overseas for a compelling reason for at least 3 months’ are not eligible for COVID-19 vaccination under this category. In this case, the individual will be eligible later in the rollout, unless their personal circumstances mean they fit into another eligibility category.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Who Vaccine Where Requirements

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and over

AstraZeneca or Pfizer depending on your age

General practices, CVCs and ACCHS and state and territory operated AstraZeneca clinics

Self-identification as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander at the time of vaccination, which may be verbal

For age requirements:

All standard forms of identification (drivers licence, passport) will be accepted.

For individuals attending their usual GP, the clinic's records may be relied upon as evidence.

Other forms of accepted evidence include:

  • My Health Record
  • Government issued documents with date of birth (e.g. Centrelink, Medicare, Department of Veterans Affairs)

People with a specified underlying medical condition

Who Requirements

People aged 16 and over with a specified underlying medical condition

For individuals, attending their usual GP, the clinic's records may be relied upon as evidence.

MyHealth Record

A referral from GP or treating specialist.

Alternative medical records, including:

  • A printout of an individual's medical history as recorded in clinical records
  • A printout of an individual's chronic disease care plan or a discharge summary from a hospital
  • A valid script or medication prescribed to treat one or more of the relevant medical conditions.

Where none of these are available, individuals may complete an Eligibility Declaration Form.

Other eligible individuals

Included Requirements

Carers (paid and unpaid) of: 

Carers documentation or proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer/centre-based support provider).

Where none of these are available, including family members or others who can provide significant care, individuals may complete an Eligibility Declaration Form.

Disability and aged care support volunteers who provide support to people in their homes, respite care, educational, employment, leisure and/or residential settings, including those providing transport and advocacy services.

People with disability or age-related conditions (e.g. early onset dementia) attending centre-based services (e.g. day programs, respite care, supported employment).

NDIS participants

 

Specified underlying medical conditions

The medical conditions and categories listed below are a guide to those that might be considered an underlying medical condition for this category. This is not an exhaustive list. Clinicians are encouraged to use their own expert judgment to determine whether an individual should receive a priority vaccination. Please consider the overarching principle that those at higher risk of severe disease should be prioritised for vaccination.

This is the list of specified underlying medical conditions.

It is relevant for:

Conditions Notes

Immunocompromising conditions

Haematological diseases or cancers

Including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma resulting in immunocompromise

Recommend discussion with specialist regarding optimal timing of vaccination

Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy

Recommend discussion with specialist regarding optimal timing of vaccination

Bone marrow transplant recipients or chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy recipients or those with graft host disease

Recommend discussion with specialist regarding optimal timing of vaccination

Non-haematological cancer

Diagnosed within the past 5 years or on chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted anti-cancer therapy (active treatment or recently completed) or with advanced disease regardless of treatment 

Adult survivors of childhood cancers

Nil

Chronic inflammatory conditions requiring medical treatments

Including: systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and similar who are being treated with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immune-suppressive or immunomodulatory therapies.

Generally not inclusive of people living with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome or similar non-immunocompromising inflammatory conditions.

Primary or acquired immunodeficiency

Including congenital causes of immunodeficiency and HIV/AIDS

Other underlying conditions

Chronic renal (kidney) failure with a eGFR of <44mL/min

Does not include mild-moderate chronic kidney disease

Heart disease

Including ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension

Chronic lung disease

Including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease.

Does not include Mild or moderate asthma

Diabetes

Nil

Severe obesity with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40kg/m2

Nil

Chronic liver disease

Nil

Chronic neurological conditions

Including stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy. Generally not inclusive of migraine or cluster headaches

Poorly controlled blood pressure (defined as two or more pharmacologic agents for blood pressure control, regardless of readings)

Nil

Those living with significant disability requiring frequent assistance with activities of daily living

Including Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, severe intellectual disability

Those with severe mental health conditions

Including schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder

Last updated: 
21 June 2021

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