The Australian Covid-19 vaccine roll-out strategy began on the 22nd of February 2021, and aims to have as many people vaccinated as possible in 2021 by providing it free of charge. There are 5 phases (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b and 3) in the vaccines roll-out, in order of the identified priority groups.



We are currently at phase 1a:

Phase 1a means that Quarantine, border and front line health care workers and other sub groups are eligible for the vaccine.

Phase 1b, means:

  • Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
  • Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
  • Other health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
  • Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing


Melbar clients and workers come under this phase and we will keep the Melbar community updated with any further progress on the vaccine roll-out strategy.



Phase 2a, phase 2b and phase 3 will be the subsequent priority groups as you can see from the figure above. 

While you wait to be vaccinated for COVID-19, there are some things you can do to get ready.

Make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You can do this using either your:

If you need more help with updating your Medicare personal information, you can contact your Melbar case manager, our team will be happy to help you.

For more information

Have a look on the Department of health of Australia COVID vaccine website

Call the national coronavirus help hotline at 1800 020 080. 

For interpretation and translation services, please call 131 450.

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing has launched a series of support lines to help older Australians receive important updates about the pandemic and aged care information in their first language.
1800 549 847 for Mandarin
1800 549 848 for Cantonese


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