COVID-19 Vaccination rollout for South Western Sydney
Updated: 3 May 2021
Phase 1a of the national vaccine rollout for priority groups began on Monday, 22 February 2021. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.
Phase 1a priority group includes:
- Quarantine and border workers*
- Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation*
- Aged care and disability care staff
- Aged care and disability care residents
*Quarantine and frontline health care workers will need to provide proof of occupation to be vaccinated under phases 1a and 1b of the rollout.
Phase 1b of the national vaccine rollout for the next round of priority groups began on Monday, 22 March. The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.
More than 4,600 general practices – including almost 200 general practices in South Western Sydney – were notified of their approval to participate in the Phase 1b vaccine rollout on Friday, 5 March. Over four weeks beginning the week of 22 March, all general practices who were deemed initially eligible to participate will be progressively included in the rollout.
General practices will be supported by GP respiratory clinics – at Fairfield, Campbelltown, Picton and Mittagong – and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services which will also be providing vaccines in Phase 1b.
Phase 1b priority group includes
- Elderly adults aged 70 years and over
- Other healthcare workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
- Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
- *People will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination via My health record, a health professional referral if required or a declaration form.
- Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- * Workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility.
From 17 May 2021, people 50 years and over can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a participating general practice.
Phase 2a includes:
- Adults aged 60-69 years
- Adults aged 50-59 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
- Other critical and high risk workers
National Cabinet has agreed that, in line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 50 years of age across all phases. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 50 years and over. This will apply across all phases below.
Find a respitory clinic and book your vaccine through the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker
Phase 2b COVID-19 vaccine rollout
- Balance of adult population
- Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine rollout
- < 16 if recommended
Vaccination information for residential aged care residents, carers and families
The Department of Health have provided the following fact sheets for residential aged care residents, carers and families:
- COVID-19 vaccination – After your COVID-19 vaccination
- COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccination – What to expect on COVID-19 vaccination day at your residential aged care facility
- COVID-19 vaccination – Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination
Where and when to attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment
How you receive your appointment information will depend on which phase you are in. In Phase 1a most vaccinations will be organised by a person’s employer or care facility.
You will have access to digital and non-digital options to book your vaccination, and receive appointment details.
The Australian Department of Health website is the main source of information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination rollout in Australia. Visit their website for information on the COVID-19 vaccine, getting vaccinated and priority rollout.
Visit the COVID-19 Eligibility Checker to check your eligibility and to book an appointment when you become eligible.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources from the Australian Government Department of Health
- How COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed
- How COVID-19 vaccines are tested and approved
- COVID-19 vaccine overview – Easy Read
- COVID-19 vaccination – After your vaccination – Easy Read
- COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for frail older people, including those in residential aged care facilities (PDF | 458 KB | 4 pages )
- COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for people with immunocompromise (PDF | 1.6 mB | 5 pages)
- Weekly Department of Health update on how Australia's vaccine rollout is tracking
- COVID-19 vaccine information in your language
- COVID-19 Vaccines - is it true? - accurate, evidence-based answers to your CONID-19 vaccoine questions
- Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
- Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines
- What should I do before I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
- COVID-19 vaccination – COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy
COVID-19 vaccines development times (animation)
This video describes how COVID-19 vaccines have been able to safely be developed and rolled out quicker than other vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources from NSW Health
The pages on the NSW Health website are intended to complement the national content, not to replace or duplicate it.
National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance
- COVID-19 vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions - NCIRS (National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance)