COVID-19 vaccines to be available to everyone aged 40 years and over
More people in Australia will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine from next week.
Vaccines give very strong, and sustained, protection against the severe forms of COVID-19. Every person who is vaccinated will be helping to protect the health of their family, friends and community.
From 8 June 2021, the following people will be 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 those who were already eligible:
- 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
Access to COVID-19 vaccines will increase in 2021 as greater supply becomes available. More than 4600 primary care vaccination sites are part of the rollout – including approximately 4400 general practices.
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. Every person who is vaccinated will be helping to protect the health of their family, friends and community.