Queensland rollout—COVID-19 vaccine

Queensland's vaccine strategy is guided by the COVID-19 vaccine National roll-out strategy. Eligibility groups will be gradually opened based on specific criteria and by certain age groups, so we can manage the balance between vaccine availability and individual locations capacity.

Our rollout aims to protect the community and maintain a robust health system. Every Queenslander who wants to be vaccinated, will have the opportunity to be, so please remain patient as we work our way through everyone.

Queensland is Australia’s most decentralised and diverse state and vaccinating our population is no small feat. Queensland Health is working very closely with the Australian Government to ensure practical and sensible vaccination strategies are implemented in rural and remote communities. This means that for some rural and remote communities, a whole of community vaccination approach will be taken instead of vaccinating only those who are eligible according to the phases outlined in the National vaccination rollout strategy.

COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Who is currently eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

  • Any adult aged 40-59 years
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 and over
  • People aged 12-59 with a specified underlying medical condition, including those with a disability and their carers
  • NDIS participants, their carers and support workers (aged 12 and over)
  • Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy
  • Any worker in the following industries:
    • Residential aged care and disability care workers
    • Healthcare workers and support staff including students on clinical placement
    • Workers at airports that receive international and domestic flights
    • Queensland-based international and interstate air crew workers
    • Border workers
    • Freight workers who cross domestic borders
    • Fly-in-fly-out mining workers based in Queensland who fly or drive to work and are then accommodated on site at a mining operation within Queensland or other parts of Australia or Papua New Guinea
    • Volunteers at a COVID-19 testing or vaccination clinic
    • Maritime industry workers
    • Critical and high risk workers e.g. emergency services, corrective services, youth detention centres and meat processing businesses.
  • Household contacts (aged 12 years and older) of quarantine workers, border workers and healthcare workers who are at a higher risk of having contact with COVID-positive patients

Who is eligible for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  • People aged 60 years and over, unless they have a referral from their GP
  • Any person who has had a first dose of AstraZeneca, without any serious adverse events.

Who is not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Adults aged 39 and under
  • Children under 12 years of age

COVID-19 vaccinations will be given in a planned, staged approach. Those who are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 or of severe illness if they get COVID-19 will receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.

Vaccination locations

Queensland Health has vaccination locations across the state. Some of these are in existing locations like hospitals. Some are community based vaccination locations, like a community centre or showground. Other vaccination locations will be mobile and will travel to communities in more rural areas.

Registering your interest for a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to secure an appointment at a Queensland Health vaccination location.

Once you have registered, you will be invited to book an appointment in your local area when appointments become available. This may take several days or weeks depending on the demand in your region and your priority status for receiving a vaccination.

Alternatively eligible people can make an appointment via the Vaccine Eligibility Checker to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at an approved General Practice (GP), GP-led respiratory clinic or Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Service.

Read more about how to register and book.