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COVID-19 Vaccinations

AstraZeneca vaccine update

The Australian Government has provided new advice about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Australia to people under the age of 50 years.

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

The vaccines are safe, effective and free.

Vaccine information in NT Aboriginal Languages

Vaccine information in multicultural languages

Common vaccine questions in multicultural languages

The vaccine is being rolled out by the Federal Government in phases - Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.

Most Territorians will receive the vaccine in the second half of the year. Until then it is important to continue practising good hygiene, physical distancing, staying at home when sick and getting tested when displaying any symptoms.

Booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker

Those in phase 1B can now book their appointment through an approved GP clinic.

Aboriginal adults can get the vaccine by contacting their local Aboriginal Health Clinic by phone or by walking in or at a participating GP clinic.

Public health professionals and police, fire or emergency services workers will be contacted by their employer about receiving the vaccine.

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

COVID-19 vaccine phases

Phase TimelineDetails
1A underway Phase 1A include:
  • quarantine and border workers
  • frontline health care workers
  • aged care and disability care workers
  • aged care and disability care residents
1B commenced 22 March 2021 Phase 1B include:
  • adults aged 70 years and over
  • begin vaccinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
  • adults with a specified medical condition
  • adults with a disability who have a specified underlying medical condition
  • health care workers
  • critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
2A   Phase 2A include:
  • adults aged 50 years and over
  • continue vaccinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
  • other critical and high risk workers.
2B   People in Phase 2B include:
  • balance of adult population
  • catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases.

Frequently asked questions

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in stages. Phase 1A has started and includes our most-at-risk frontline workers, and some of our most vulnerable Territorians to get the vaccine first based on expert health advice.

    Phase 1A includes:

    • Quarantine workers and border control workers – including police and 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 begin to get the vaccine in the middle of the year.

    Vaccine rollout information in language

  • 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 vaccine will be administered through the Royal Darwin Hospital Vaccination Hub and the Alice Springs Hospital Vaccination Hub in the first phase of the roll out. Australian Government vaccination teams are managing the roll out to aged care and disability care facilities as part of Phase 1A.

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

    The COVID-19 vaccine will be available at lots of different places – like your local clinic and GP clinics. You’ll be told when it’s your turn to get the 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 is voluntary 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.

    The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all adults living in Australia including permanent residents and temporary visa holders.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for all adults over the age of 18 years.

    The Territory’s vaccine strategy is guided by the COVID-19 vaccine national roll out strategy.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended for children and young people under the age of 18.

    If you have a severe allergy it is recommended you talk to your GP or medical practitioner before getting the COVID-19 vaccine

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

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you receive this vaccine.

  • The vaccine is given by an injection into your upper arm by a health professional who has been trained in giving the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Details about the roll out, including locations, will be widely shared with the public.

    Information will be available on the NT COVID-19 website, through your local GP or health clinic, community groups and the media.

  • 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