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.

How Phase 1b will work

More than 4,500 accredited general practices will participate in Phase 1b of Australia’s COVID-19 rollout.

Across the country, more than 130 Respiratory Clinics and over 300 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sites will also support the Phase 1b roll out.

Who can be vaccinated under Phase 1b?

People eligible for vaccination under Phase 1b are:

  • Elderly people aged 70 and over
  • Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a
  • Household contacts of quarantine and border workers
  • Critical and high risk workers who are currently employed
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over
  • Adults with an underlying medical condition or significant disability

Elderly people

Who Where Requirements

People aged 80 and over

Phase 1b sites by appointment

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 aged 70 and over

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Who Where Requirements

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over

Phase 1b sites by appointment

As for general population for age eligibility.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged under 55 who meet other phase 1b criteria, i.e. underlying medical condition, health care worker, critical or high risk worker

As for the criteria for the relevant priority cohort

Healthcare Workers

Who Where Requirements

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

Phase 1b sites by appointment

Pfizer hubs if contacted by jurisdiction

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

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 in phase 1a or 1b, 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 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

Phase 1b sites by appointment

Pfizer hubs if contacted by your state or territory

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

Critical and High Risk Workers

Who Where Requirements

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

Phase 1b sites by appointment
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 at licensed meat processing businesses

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

Licensed meat processing workers

Included Excluded

Abattoir workers, including attending veterinarians

Retail workers including butcher shops, fishmongers

Workers in boning rooms

Primary production workers, including fishing

Smallgoods manufacturers

Clerical workers

Cold chain transport workforce

Seafood processing

Underlying medical conditions

Conditions Notes

Immunocompromising conditions

Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy

Nil

Adult survivors of childhood cancers

Nil

Bone marrow transplant recipients or those on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy or those on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease

Nil

Haematological diseases or cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma

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

Non-haematological cancer

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

Chronic inflammatory conditions on 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

Those with severe mental health conditions

Including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder

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 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

Generally not inclusive of migraine or cluster headaches

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, bi-polar disorder affecting ability to adhere to public health measures

Other eligible individuals

Included Excluded Where Requirements

Carers (paid and unpaid) of: 

  • a resident of an aged care facility or residential disability accommodation who is eligible under Phase 1a
  • a person 70 years and over who is eligible under Phase 1b
  • a person with a specified underlying medical condition who is eligible under Phase 1b
  • a child with a specified underlying medical condition

Family members of people with disability who are not carers.

Carers of people not eligible under Phases 1a or 1b

Phase 1b sites by appointment or by other arrangement.

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

Where none of these are available, 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 a disability or with age-related conditions (e.g. early onset dementia) attending centre-based services (e.g. day programs, respite care, supported employment).

Last updated: 
9 April 2021

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