Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy will commence on March 22, 2021. Here is what you need to know:
Who will be vaccinated under Phase 1B, based on recommendations by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation?
Phase 1B: Healthcare Workers
Who are the Healthcare Workers eligible for Phase 1B?
The vaccination will take place in Phase 1B sites by appointment or Pfizer hubs if contacted by jurisdiction.
Healthcare workers will need to present proof of occupation (ID card, a letter from employer or Phase 1B Declaration Form) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.
Carers and Disability Settings
Included in this group are:
Excluded from this list are family members of people with disability who are not carers.
The vaccination will take place in Phase 1B sites by appointment or by other arrangements.
Carers must provide documentation or proof of occupation (ID card or letter from employer/centre-based support provider). Where none of these is available, individuals may complete a Phase 1B Declaration Form.
Critical and High-Risk Workers
Included in this group are:
The vaccination will take place in phase 1B sites by appointment or defence to provide for ADF.
Critical and high-risk workers must provide proof of occupation (ID card, a letter from employer or Phase 1B Declaration Form) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.
Licensed Meat Processing Workers
This group involves workers directly involved in the manufacturing and distribution process, where the work is in a cold environment and workers are unable to maintain physical distancing requirement.
Included in this list are:
Excluded from this group are retail workers including butcher shops, fishmongers; primary production workers including fishing, and clerical workers.
Elderly people over 70 and 80 years can get vaccinated on Phase 1B sites by appointment.
All standard forms of identification (drivers licence, passport) will be accepted. For individuals attending their usual GP, the clinic’s records may be relied upon as evidence.
Other forms of accepted evidence include:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55 will get a chance to be vaccinated. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged under 55 who meet other phase 1B criteria, i.e. underlying medical condition, health care worker, critical or high-risk worker must abide by those criteria.
As for the general population for age eligibility, self-identification as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander at the time of vaccination, which may be verbal.
Underlying Medical Conditions
People with underlying medical conditions must provide proof for eligibility.
Proof of eligibility – Obligations for Immunisers
Where will I be vaccinated?
Most individuals in Phase 1B will make an appointment through the National Booking Service or provider’s own booking system and attend the clinic to be vaccinated. GPRCs, state vaccination clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and some GPs will commence providing COVID-19 vaccines from Phase 1B. ADF personnel will be vaccinated by Defence. States and Territories will manage vaccination of their healthcare workforce and emergency services personnel
How can I prove I’ve been vaccinated?
Australians can already access their immunisation history statement through Medicare for proof of vaccination, both digitally and in hard copy, if required. Statements can be viewed on an individual’s Medicare online account or via the Medicare app. Your immunisation history statement will record your COVID-19 vaccinations, following each dose.
For additional information about the vaccine, watch this video.
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