One of the biggest logistical exercises in Australia’s history, the delivery of coronavirus vaccines to more than 20 million people, has begun.
The government is hoping to have 4 million people vaccinated by March and the entire country inoculated by October – but the timing for when you should expect to get the vaccine is dependent on who you are, how old you are and what you do for work.
Here is what we know of the timeline so far:
About 678,000 people have been allocated up to 1.4m doses.
They will most likely receive the Pfizer vaccine, since it was first to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration last month.
This first group begun receiving the vaccine on Monday, with authorities expecting the group to be mostly vaccinated by April.
The second stage is when the rollout begins to gain traction, with up to 14.8m doses allocated to the phase.
The group includes:
Adults over 70
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55
Younger adults with underlying medical conditions, including those with a disability
Critical and high-risk workers (defined here as including defence personnel, police, fire emergency services and meat processing)
The government estimates that the group comprises about 6 million people, and hopes to have ramped up the vaccine’s accessibility by this stage.
People in phase 1b will probably be the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was only approved by the TGA last week.
The health minister, Greg Hunt, has previously said 1m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available for distribution by the end of March.
This group is estimated to receive the call to get vaccinated sometime between early March and late April.
The second overall phase begins with a group estimated to include some 6.5 million people, who have been allocated 15.8m doses.
The group includes:
This group is estimated to be offered the vaccine, likely to be either the AstraZeneca or the Novavax injection – if it is approved – between May and late June.
The government has labelled this group as the “balance of adult population”, which includes more than 6.6 million people.
This group is estimated to be offered the vaccine, similarly either the AstraZeneca or the Novavax injection, between late June and early July.
The final group to receive vaccines are children under 18, with the government listing that they receive injections only “if recommended”.
The government estimates that the final group will receive their vaccines between early September and early November.