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Vaccination Eligibility


26 August 2021

As part of the phased COVID-19 vaccination roll out, all students aged 16 and above are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Victorians aged 16 years and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Wednesday 25 August 2021.

People aged 18 to 39 who have already booked for their first vaccine dose at a vaccination centre will be offered the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Rebooking or changing an existing vaccine appointment at a vaccination centre is not required.

State vaccination centres have increased capacity to support Victoria’s drive to administer 1 million doses of the vaccine by 19 September 2021. The more Victorians who are vaccinated, the sooner we will reach this target and the better we can protect our community against potential outbreaks and save lives.

Eligible students and their parents or guardians should speak to their doctor or immunisation expert on the day of their appointment if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and their health.

Students are encouraged to get their first dose before assessments. It is recommended that students do not get their first vaccine on the day of an assessment or the day before an assessment to avoid feeling common but mild side effects such as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, fever and chills and joint pain during assessments.

Students with placements in residential aged care and disability care

From Monday 23 August until Sunday 29 August, residential aged care workers and disability care workers will get priority access at vaccination centres across Victoria. Students that have placements in residential aged care and disability care are considered workers and are eligible.

Residential aged care workers (including students on placement) in Australia are required to receive their first vaccination dose by 17 September as a condition of employment, as mandated by National Cabinet.

How to book an appointment

Students can book a vaccination appointment at a state vaccination centre through the  Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 675 398.

To find a vaccination centre and opening times, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au. For information on what to bring to a vaccine appointment, visit before you get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Both residential disability care workers and residential aged care workers can access reserved Pfizer appointments by calling Department of Health Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.