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Over 16’s Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

07 June 2021

The Territory Labor Government has today announced all Territorians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from tomorrow.

This is a milestone for the Territory – making it the first jurisdiction in the nation to be offering the vaccine to anyone over the age of 16.

This decision makes the vaccine available to an additional 60,000 Territorians.

Territorians from Greater Darwin – the last region of the Territory to collapse existing vaccine phases – over the age of 16 must book online to receive their vaccine.

We encourage Territorians to be patient when booking their COVID-19 vaccination appointment, and to do so over the coming weeks.

Over 13,000 Territorians are fully vaccinated.

For more information and to book online, please visit: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au.

Quotes from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner

“This is a sensible decision, based on our indigeneity, mobility and vulnerability.

“When you consider not just the make-up of the Darwin population but how people move in and out of Darwin it makes sense to treat us as you would a remote vaccination centre.

“This decision makes it simpler to vaccinate everyone in the Territory.

“This decision will also breed vaccine confidence – the more people you know, who you work and play with, will have the vax.”

Quotes from Health Minister, Natasha Fyles

“This is great news for the Territory – we are moving forward in our response to the coronavirus, and opening up eligibility for more Territorians to receive the vaccine.

“I encourage all Territorians to book in and roll up their sleeves when it is their turn to do so – not only are you keeping yourself safe, but you are keeping the community safe.

Quotes from NT Vaccine Lead, Michelle McKay

“This is a great announcement for the Territory – it will ensure an extra layer of protection for the community.

“The Territory continues to lead the nation in its response to the coronavirus, and I thank our hardworking health staff and vaccination teams for their dedicated work in this space.”