COVID-19 Vaccination Information for General Practices


Updated: 4 May 2021

Health professionals can access information about free and accredited training modules for people involved in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccination training program

Advice for vaccination providers

General questions for vaccine providers


Phase 1b Bulletin for general practices vaccinating against COVID-19


Guidance on responding to potential adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccine

Recipients of the vaccine may present with concerns about a suspected adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) or you may suspect their presenting complaint could be related to the vaccine.

NSW Health has provided the following information on responding to potential adverse reactions:


Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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*
    • frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments,COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
    • laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
    • ambulance and paramedics service
    • GP respiratory clinics, and  
    • COVID-19 testing facilities.
    • *All other healthcare workers are included in Phase 1b, including medical and tertiary students with placements in these healthcare settings.
  • 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.

Read more about the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout phases on the Department of Health website


Phase 1b COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Phase 1b of the national vaccine rollout 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 – are participating in Phase 1b of the vaccine 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.

Priority groups for COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Phase 1B

Read more about the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout through general practices

Local GPs begin vaccinating patients in next phase of battle against COVID-19


Phase 2a COVID-19 vaccine rollout

From Monday, 3 May 2021 people 50 years and over are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at General Practice Respiratory Clinics and state and territory vaccination clinics.

From 17 May 2021, people 50 years and over can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a participating general practice.

  • Adults aged 60-69 years
  • Adults aged 50-59 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
  • Other critical and high risk workers

Vaccine Eligibility Checker 

Your patients can visit the COVID-19 Eligibility Checker to check their eligibility and to book an appointment when they become eligible.

In addition to GP clinics, vaccinations are being administered at GP Respiratory Clinics at Fairfield, Campbelltown, Picton and Mittagong. Please remember, bookings are essential.

For appointment times, 
visit COVID-19 Pathology Collection & Testing


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


COVID-19 vaccine resources

The Australian Department of Health website is the main source of information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination roll-out in Australia.


The pages on the NSW Health website are intended to complement the national content, not to replace or duplicate it.


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


COVID-19 vaccine images and poster downloads for your clinics