Vaccine rollout

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2021 12:17pm

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The first phase of vaccinations will start in Tasmania on 23 February 2021. The vaccine is safe, effective and free.

All Tasmanians are encouraged to be vaccinated, but when you will get a vaccine depends on COVID risk factors like: your age, your job and your health.

Vaccinating everyone will take time so vaccines will be delivered in phases.

Those at greatest risk of exposure or likely to experience serious illness due to COVID-19 will be vaccinated first. These are:

  • Staff working in designated quarantine and border facilities.
  • Frontline health care staff working in higher risk locations.
  • Residents and staff of residential aged care and disability care facilities.

These people will be contacted directly to make an appointment to receive the vaccine. A booking system will be put in place for the next stages of the vaccine rollout.

The aim is to have fully vaccinated Tasmania’s priority populations of around 14,000 people with the Pfizer vaccine by mid-April.

The vaccine is an important safeguard to protect you, your family and your community.

The vaccination rollout plan for Tasmania is:


    Workers in this group will be contacted directly about vaccination

  • Border security and quarantine staff (e.g. police, security and hotel staff working in quarantine hotels)
  • Frontline health staff at higher risk (e.g. key emergency, ICU, vaccination, testing and ambulance staff)
  • Residents and staff at aged and disability residential care facilities

The Australian Government will manage these vaccinations


  • People aged 70+ years
  • Other health care workers
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18+ years
  • Adults with underlying medical conditions
  • Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing


  • People aged between 50–69 years
  • Other critical and high-risk workers


  • Remaining Tasmanians aged 18+ years

Download the Vaccination Roadmap

Children will be vaccinated in phase three if it is clinically recommended and approved.

For more information and the National Rollout Strategy, visit the Australian Department of Health.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to see if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.