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Information provided by The Australian Government Department of Health
The Australian Government has a strategy to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia as soon as they are available.
A staged rollout of the vaccine is expected to commence in February 2021.
Healthcare professionals have an important role in discussing and delivering vaccination against COVID-19 with their patients.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be available from early mid-February this year. Doses of this vaccine will be available through 30 to 50 hubs at specific hospital sites across urban and rural Australia.
Approval of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated for the coming months.
Both vaccines will progressively be distributed through an expanded number of sites, including general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies.
The vaccine rollout roadmap has determined the phases of vaccination for priority groups. They are:
Frontline healthcare workers in phase 1a are those at the greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19.This includes:
Other healthcare workers, including GPs, will be included for vaccination for phase 1b, as soon as additional doses are available.
The Department of Health is committed to providing you timely information as it becomes available. Learn more at the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccines website and subscribe to the COVID-19 Vaccines Update.
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