Getting vaccinated

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2021 11:00am

Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are only available to people in Phase 1A:

  • Quarantine and border staff
  • Specific groups of frontline healthcare workers
  • Residential aged and disability care staff*
  • Residential aged and disability care residents*

* Commonwealth Government will manage these vaccinations

See the full rollout schedule and use the eligibility checker to find out when you can receive the vaccine


People eligible for a vaccine in phase 1A are being contacted directly to make an appointment to receive the vaccine.

A booking system will be put in place for the next phases of the vaccine rollout.

At the time of booking, you will be booked for two appointments, one for each dose of the vaccine. You will receive a booking confirmation by email and more information about how to prepare for your vaccination. Read the fact sheet for phase 1A vaccine recipients.

Vaccine information and consent

Before being vaccinated you will be provided with information about the vaccine and will need to sign a consent form, just like with other vaccinations you have received.

For more information about the vaccine, visit our FAQ page.

Side effects

Some people may experience minor side effects following vaccination, similar to those experienced following a flu vaccine. Common side effects include pain and redness at the injection site as well as more general side-effects such as muscle aches, chills, headache and tiredness.

A serious allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis is extremely rare and usually occurs within the first 15 minutes following vaccination. This is why you are asked to remain at the vaccination clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes following vaccination, to ensure prompt medical care in the rare event of a serious allergic reaction.

See your usual healthcare provider if:

  • You are concerned about new or unexpected symptoms
  • You have symptoms that are not going away, or getting worse, after a few days
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in the event of a medical emergency

Adverse events can be reported to Public Health Services, or directly to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This can be done by a medical professional or you can report adverse reactions by completing the Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) Reporting Form and submitting to or via fax on (03) 6173 0821. You can also discuss an adverse event report with the Immunisation team by contacting the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI)Reporting Form Word format

Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI)Reporting Form PDF format