Health care and emergency services workers – Phase 1b

People working within health care facilities, quarantine and international border workers, along with staff and residents of aged and disability care facilities are among the first Western Australians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Additionally, following the arrival of 21,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in early-March, WA Health is scaling up the vaccination rollout for workers at the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19. Vaccinations are now available to all health care, critical and emergency services workers.

Who will be offered the vaccine?

All staff working within health care facilities, defence, police, fire, emergency services, corrective services and workers involved in COVID-19 vaccine manufacture/distribution will be offered the vaccine. This includes clinical staff, corporate support staff and volunteers.

Why are all health care and emergency services workers now eligible to receive the vaccine in this phase?

WA Health have received supplies of both the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY and the AstraZeneca vaccines, making it possible to offer all health care workers the opportunity to get vaccinated.

How will I find out how to get vaccinated?

Your employer will share with you a link to self-register on VaccinateWA to receive your COVID-19 Vaccination.

Note for WA Health staff: In line with Mandatory Policy MP0153/21 COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy, staff members of WA Health system entities must either consent or decline the COVID-Vaccination via the VaccinationWA online booking system.

When will I be able to get the vaccine?

You will be able to book your appointment as soon as you receive the self-register link to Vaccinate WA from your employer. The program however does have a fixed number of appointments each week and you may need to wait for a short period for your appointment.

Once you have registered and booked your appointment, you will receive information about where to go to receive your vaccination and what to bring.

Do I have to get the vaccine if it is offered to me?

While the Australian Government supports and promotes immunisation, it is not mandatory, and individuals can choose whether to get vaccinated. This is a discussion you should have with your employer.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Vaccination clinics will be located at a number of venues and workplaces throughout metropolitan and regional Western Australia. When you book in to receive your vaccination, you will be provided with details of your closest available vaccination clinic.

How can Phase 1a/1b priority groups under 50 years of age receive the Pfizer vaccine?

The Western Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program is currently prioritising its limited supply of the Pfizer vaccines to active frontline workers aged under 50 years from phases 1a and 1b priority groups.

As more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, WA Health will be able to invite additional Phase 1b priority groups who are under 50 years of age to book in and attend an appointment at a state run Pfizer clinic.

Last reviewed: 30-04-2021

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