Information about the COVID-19 vaccination for NSW healthcare workers is available at COVID-19 Vaccination in NSW: Fact Sheet for NSW Healthcare Workers.
NSW Health is working closely with the Australian Government to plan and implement a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination program in NSW.
NSW Health's COVID-19 vaccination plans are underpinned by a strong public health system, as well as successful
immunisation and mass vaccination programs.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for individuals 16 years and older. This vaccine is expected to be available in NSW in a phased rollout from late February 2021. As doses will initially be limited, the vaccine will be first made available to people who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.
In NSW, the first people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will include:
The TGA is reviewing other potential COVID-19 vaccines for use in Australia and if approved, a COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be available to the general population later in 2021. For the COVID-19 vaccines that are likely to be available in Australia, each person will need to receive two doses of the vaccine to be adequately immunised against COVID-19. This means it will take time for every person to be vaccinated.
Any COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia will be safe and effective. Before a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in Australia, it must pass the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) rigorous assessment and approval processes. This includes assessment of the vaccine's safety, quality and effectiveness. The TGA is actively monitoring COVID-19 vaccine development both in Australia and around the world and is also part of a network of international regulators that meet regularly to discuss the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Australian Government is responsible for securing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccines and overseeing the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy. The NSW Government is collaborating with the Australian Government to implement the COVID-19 vaccination plan in NSW.
It is important to continue to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. Even when the vaccine starts to be administered to the general community in NSW, it will still be important to practise COVID safe behaviour:
For more information about Australia's COVID-19 vaccination program, visit the
NSW Health's COVID-19 vaccination FAQs or the Australian Government Department of Health website