Hello, my name is Alison McMillan and this is Linda, who’s with me today. I’m the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the Commonwealth Government. Also today, I’ve got with me a beautiful gift, it’s a Coolamon. An Aboriginal vessel that’s used for carrying things around and it was a beautiful gift for me from the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery organisation, and of that, I am very grateful.
First question. When will I be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine under the updated rollout plan?
So, the decisions around the vaccine rollout are made by a group of people called ATAGI, they’re our expert group, who are a range of professionals who give us that advice. The advice also is consistent with the World Health Organisation and their advice on how to prioritise vaccines. As always, as we said from the very beginning, our priority is to protect those most vulnerable. We are protecting them from COVID-19, from severe disease and death. So, right now, we're rolling out phase 1a and 1b with that focus in mind.
Second question. Can I get vaccinated now if I have an underlying medical condition that is not listed for phase 1b?
OK, so, again, the advice from the expert group of ATAGI, was that we based prioritisation on age, and not on underlying conditions. So, if you need to look and see whether or not you are eligible for a vaccine, you can go to health.gov.au and there is an Eligibility Tracker that will help you understand when your turn will come to get the vaccine.
And finally, GPs in my area are only vaccinating existing patients. How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I can't make a booking?
OK, so, again, on our website health.gov.au, there is an Eligibility Tracker. That can help you navigate where else you might be able to get a vaccine. There range of general practices delivering the vaccine, but also, 130 GP respiratory clinics who are also delivering vaccines, and Aboriginal health services across the country. There are a number of options for accessing a vaccine, but, if you do not feel comfortable using the tracker, you can call a number and they can help you understand how you might go about getting an appointment. That number is 1800 020 080. So you can call them and they can help you understand your eligibility and where you might be able to make an appointment. We do ask that you may need to be patient as obviously, there is a lot of us to get vaccinated, and we need to do this in an orderly way. Thank you again for your time today.
- When will I be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine under the updated rollout plan?
- Can I get vaccinated now if I have an underlying medical condition that's not listed for phase 1B?
- GPs in my area are only vaccinating existing patients - how can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I can't make a booking?