At-risk frontline healthcare workers – Phase 1a

At-risk frontline healthcare workers, 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. This group is also referred to as the ‘Phase 1a’ group.

Which frontline healthcare workers will be offered the vaccine?

At-risk frontline healthcare workers include:

  • frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments, COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
  • laboratory staff handling potentially infectious COVID-19 material
  • ambulance and paramedics service
  • COVID-19 testing facilities.

How will I find out how to get vaccinated?

Your employer will be able to advise you if you are eligible for the vaccine in this group.

If you are, you will receive an email invitation to register for the vaccination from the Department of Health WA. It will be sent to your work email address

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?

If you are eligible for Phase 1a, you will be able to book your appointment once you receive the email invitation from the Department of Health WA.

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?

The very first vaccinations are being provided at select clinics located at hotels, the international airport, Fremantle Port, and hospital sites in regional and metropolitan areas. Additional locations will be added as the program expands.

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.

If I develop symptoms after my vaccine, should I still stay home from work and get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. However, none of the vaccines approved for use in Australia contain a live virus that can cause COVID-19. This means that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

When will other hospital staff be eligible to receive the vaccine?

Other healthcare workers will be eligible to receive their vaccination in Phase 1b.

Last reviewed: 30-04-2021
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