Coronavirus Vaccination Updates
DPV Health Vaccination Sites
DPV Health now offers the COVID-19 vaccination at medical centres and pop-up site. For details and how to book click here.
Download the DPV Health’s information brochure here.
Who will receive a vaccine?
- Quarantine and border workers
- All healthcare workers (public/private and acute/community-based services)
- Public and private sector aged care staff and residents
- Disability care staff and residents
- Household contacts of quarantine and border workers
- Critical and high-risk workers who are currently employed including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- People aged 70 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
- Adults with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
- People deemed to be are vulnerable and at high risk of contracting or developing serious illness from COVID-19 (i)
- Residents of high-risk accommodation (ii)
- Corrections and detention staff and clients
- Customer-facing transport workers
From 3 May 2021 at the vaccination pop-up site and from 17 May 2021 at the Medical Centres:
- All adults aged 50 years and over
Latest Update on AstraZeneca vaccine
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca is preferred for adults over 50 years old and the Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred in adults aged under 50 years.
This recommendation is based on:
- the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination), and
- a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years.
The COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for people 18 years and older. Detailed information on the decision can be found on the TGA website.
AstraZeneca will continue providing further data on safety, quality and effectiveness to the TGA.
As part of Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, the Australian Government has secured 53.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 50 million to be manufactured onshore.
For information about the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine click here
See the resources section below for translated resources.
COVID-19 vaccines will be voluntary?
The COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary and free. As safe and effective vaccines become available the Government will vaccinate as many Australians as possible for COVID-19. If you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine your eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
All vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they are approved for use in Australia. This includes careful analysis of clinical trial data, ingredients, chemistry, manufacturing and other factors. Click here for more information.
Is one type of COVID-19 vaccine more effective than another?
Providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for everyone in Australia is a priority for the Australian Government. The TGA assesses all COVID-19 vaccines before they can be used in Australia. The TGA will only register a vaccine if its benefits are much greater than its risks. This means every vaccine available in Australia has been proven to protect against COVID-19.
Clinical trials for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have shown that these 2 vaccines are effective in preventing:
- development of COVID-19 symptoms and
- protecting against severe disease.
These trials involve tens of thousands of participants worldwide.
COVID-19 vaccine national rollout phases
The Australian Government aims to have as many people vaccinated as possible in 2021. The COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy details the phases in which vaccines will be available.
Steps of vaccination