When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Learn about the COVID-19 vaccination program phases and priority groups.
Check your eligibility
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine
The following people are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:
- All adults aged 40-49
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49
- NDIS participants aged years 16 and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age
- 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.
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
National Cabinet has agreed that, in line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 50 years of age across all phases. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 50 years and over. More information is available on 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:
- practise good hygiene
- maintain physical distance
- stay home if you are sick and get tested
- download the COVIDSafe app.
National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline
If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call 1800 020 080. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.