Updated advice on COVID-19 vaccines
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) now recommends the Pfizer vaccine as the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 59 and under.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is the preferred vaccine for adults aged 60 years and over.
If you are between 50 and 59 years of age, and already have an appointment for a first dose of AstraZeneca at the Calvary Public Hospital COVID-19 vaccination clinic, we have cancelled your appointment. ACT Health has sent you a text message regarding this change and will call you in the coming days to offer you a new appointment for the Pfizer vaccine – you do not need to call us.
If you have had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious adverse events it is recommended that you should receive your second dose as planned. You don’t need to contact us. If you have any questions or concerns, speak to your GP or another health care provider.
If you are aged 50-59 years and do not have a vaccine appointment booked yet, we ask for your patience as we work to update the ACT’s COVID-19 vaccination program. New vaccination bookings for this age group aren’t being made just yet. Please do not call our COVID-19 vaccination booking line or try to use MyDHR to create a new booking at this time. We will let the community know as soon as we’re able to take bookings for this age group.
Book in for your COVID-19 vaccination
We are currently vaccinating all people in phase 1a, 1b, people aged 40 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 years and over.
Eligible people can now book an appointment online or by calling us.
Access and Sensory clinic
People with disability, support staff, volunteers and carers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine right now. To better support individual needs, designated appointment times are now available at the Access and Sensory clinic, within the Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic.
Rescheduling your COVID-19 vaccination appointment
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 focusses 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.
- people aged 70 years and over
- all health care workers, including aged and disability care
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older
- people aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition*
- people aged 16 and over with disability
- critical and high-risk workers
- household contacts of quarantine and border workers
- other eligible individuals like:
- carers of people in 1a and 1b
- carers of children with underlying medical conditions
- disability and aged care support volunteer
People in 1b may be required to demonstrate or self-declare their eligibility.
*The medical conditions and categories listed on the Commonwealth Government’s website are a guide to those that might be considered an underlying medical condition for Phase 1b. This is not an exhaustive list. Clinicians are encouraged to use their own expert judgment to determine whether an individual should receive a priority vaccination under Phase 1b. Please consider the overarching principle that those at higher risk of severe disease should be prioritised for vaccination.
Any person aged 40 years and over, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 years and over, can book in to get the COVID-19 vaccination. More information is available on our Booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment page.
Phase 2 (2a) will be given to:
- adults aged 40 years and older (bookings available now)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49 years (bookings available now)
- 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)
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia, even if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This includes people without a Medicare card, overseas visitors, international students, migrant workers and asylum seekers.
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.