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COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Northern Territory and  Australian Governments are working closely together with our Aboriginal and community health partners to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible Territorians.

The vaccine is safe, effective and free.

Vaccine update

This is the largest and most complex vaccine rollout ever seen in Australia.

Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will commence in the Northern Territory in the coming days.

Phase 1A covers our most important and most-at-risk frontline workers, and some our most vulnerable Territorians – based on expert health advice.

It will be delivered in stages and then rolled-out to in an incremental approach as determined by the Federal Government as part of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.

Most Territorians will get the vaccine in the second half of the year.

The Australian Government is responsible for purchasing the vaccine for all Australians and safely transporting the vaccine to storage and administration sites within the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory Government will deliver the vaccine to Territorians alongside the Australian Government and our Aboriginal health and community partners.

Personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19. It is important to continue to practice good hygiene, apply physical distancing, stay at home when sick and get tested when displaying any symptoms.

For more information visit the Australian Government Department of Health website or call the National COVID-19 Helpline 1800 020 080

Frequently asked questions

  • The vaccine program will be implemented during 2021, with the COVID-19 vaccination program to start in late February 2021 for the highest priority groups.

    Those in these groups are:

    • Quarantine workers and border control workers – including airport arrival workers;
    • Hospital and health care workers in high-risk environments;
    • Aged care residents and staff; and
    • Disability care residents and staff.

    Most Territorians will get their vaccine in the second half of the year. Don’t worry if you’re not one of the first to get the vaccine. That just means you are less exposed than others, and there are enough vaccinations available for everyone.

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  • All COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia will be safe and effective. The Therapeutic Goods Administration is responsible for regulating vaccines in Australia and has strict requirements including a rigorous testing, assessment and approvals process for safety, quality and effectiveness.

    There will be different types of the vaccine available, but every vaccine delivered in Australia has to be rigorously tested and approved by experts first – so they are all safe.

  • The COVID-19 vaccination will be administered through Hospital Hubs in Darwin and Alice Springs in the first phase of the roll-out which includes priority high risk groups. Vaccination teams will also go out to aged care and disability care facilities. These teams will be managed by the Australian Government

    As the roll out continues, other locations will also be made available at vaccinations centres set up by NT Health, at GP respiratory clinics, General Practices that meet specific requirements, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services and community pharmacies.

    It will be available at lots of different places – like hospital and GP clinics. You’ll be told when it’s your turn to get your jab, so don’t worry about missing out.

  • COVID-19 can cause serious ongoing health conditions, and sometimes death.

    Having the COVID-19 vaccine and getting immunised will help you protect yourself, your family and your community.

    Territorians have a great record of being immunised and some of the highest rates in the country. The COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary and free.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory but strongly encouraged.

    It is possible, that in the future, vaccination against COVID-19 might become a requirement for travel to certain destinations or for people working in high risk workplaces. If this becomes the case, there will be exemptions in place for people who are unable to be vaccinated.

    COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all adults living in Australia including permanent residents and temporary visa holders.

  • Vaccines work to strengthen a person’s immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific germs that can cause serious illnesses, like COVID-19.

    Vaccines insert weakened or inactivated virus into the body, so that the immune system can recognise these germs as being foreign and start to create antibodies to protect against future infection. Vaccines are a safe way of triggering an immune response in the body without causing illness.

    If you come into contact with the disease in the future, your body remembers it and your immune system works to quickly stop the disease from developing.

    You are far less likely to catch a virus or disease if you have been vaccinated. Immunisation not only protects you but protects your family and those in the community by reducing the spread of the virus.

  • The best thing you can do is to stay up-to-date with the latest information using reputable sources.

    The Australian Government will regularly be providing information along with NT Health and SecureNT.

    For more information visit Australian Government Department of Health website or call the National COVID-19 Helpline 1800 020 080