COVID-19 vaccination program rollout – new advice (9 April 2021)
On 8 April 2021, the Commonwealth Government accepted recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
The current recommendation is that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under 50 years of age who have not already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In response to the announcements, the ACT has made adjustments to its COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
For more information, please see our frequently asked questions.
The ACT Government will continue working closely with the Commonwealth Government on this matter.
The ACT Government encourages people to stay up to date on the evolving situation by visiting the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 vaccine website.
Providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continues to be the ACT Government’s priority.
If you are booked in to get the vaccine at the Garran Surge Centre, but cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel or reschedule using the appointment cancellation form .
The COVID-19 vaccination program will roll out in the ACT over 2021.
The program is being delivered in a phased approach in line with the national roll out.
Phase 1 will focus on protecting those who need it most.
This includes those who:
- are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19
- have the highest risk of being exposed to the virus
- have the highest risk of spreading the virus
Phase 1a started on 22 February 2021.
During phase 1a, the vaccine has been given to:
- quarantine and border workers
- health care workers working in high-risk exposure and transmission areas, like COVID-19 testing clinics, respiratory clinics and some emergency department staff
- residents and staff of aged care and disability residential care facilities
Phase 1b started on 22 March 2021. For more information on this phase, please visit Phase 1b.
People in phase 1b include:
- people 70 years and over
- other health care workers, including aged and disability care
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years and older
- adults living with a specified medical condition
- adults living with a significant disability requiring frequent assistance with activities of daily living
- people with a disability or age-related condition and attend centre-based services
- critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- household contacts of quarantine and border workers
- other eligible individuals like:
- carers (paid and unpaid) of people in 1a and 1b
- carers of children with specified underlying medical conditions
- disability and aged care support volunteer
People in 1b may be required to demonstrate or self-declare their eligibility.
Phase 2 is expected to begin from mid-year.
It will focus on the expansion of the groups above as well as the general population in Canberra.
Phase 2 (2a) will be given to:
- adults aged 50 years and older
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 to 54 years
- other critical and high-risk workers
Phase 2 (2b) will be given to:
- balance of adult population
- catch up any unvaccinated people from previous phases
- people 16 years and younger (if recommended)
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all adults who want to get vaccinated.
It’s important to stay up to date so you’ll know when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.
Please speak to your GP or primary health provider if you are unsure about which group you are in or use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.
For more information, refer the Australia's COVID-19 vaccine national roll out strategy.