When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Learn about the COVID-19 vaccination program phases and priority groups.
Check your eligibility
Read the latest advice from ATAGI about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the context of an outbreak of the COVID-19 delta strain.
Eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
You are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine if you are 40 to 59 years of age.
You are also eligible for the Pfizer vaccine if you are aged 16 to 39 and you are:
- an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person aged 16 and over
- an NDIS participant or unpaid or informal carers of NDIS participants of any age
- a quarantine or border worker
- a health care workers
- and aged care or disability care resident or worker
- a person with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
- a critical or high-risk worker including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- a person with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category
- a temporary visa holder who is currently in Australia and has been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process
Eligibility for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
You are eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine if you are aged 60 years or older.
If you are aged 18-59 years of age, you can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine:
- following an appropriate assessment of suitability by a qualified health professional; and
- if you provide verbal or written consent.
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.
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:
- 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.