Quarantine and border workers – Phase 1a

Quarantine hotel and international border workers are among the first Western Australians eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

This priority group is also referred to as the ‘Phase 1a’ group, identified as being at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 and hence being infected with and potentially transmitting COVID-19.

Who is being offered the vaccine in Phase 1a?

  • Quarantine hotel workers, including hotel staff, police, security and medical support
  • International airport workers with face to face contact with travellers
  • Security and clinical staff at the international airport
  • Certain staff at sea ports who board and spend time on vessels with crew specifically - marine pilots, fumigators and marine surveyors, and Mission to Seafarers
  • Staff involved in transporting flight crews, certain seaport staff and quarantine hotel transfers

Does this mean all people working in quarantine hotels and international border workers will get vaccinated in Phase 1a?

No. Those vaccinated in Phase 1a are being prioritised based on risk of exposure to COVID-19. People not eligible for vaccine in this initial phase may be eligible in the next phase. Every adult in Australia is expected to be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by the end of the year.

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

In Western Australia COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory in the hotel quarantine system from Monday, 10 May 2021.

This includes:

  • Security personnel, cleaners and hotel staff who have contact with guests and guests’ rooms
  • Medical and health staff, ADF personnel and WA Police who work within the hotel quarantine system.

For more information see the COVID-19 vaccination to be mandatory for hotel quarantine system media statement (external site).

Vaccination is not mandatory for everyone else, and individuals can choose whether to get vaccinated. The WA Government strongly encourages people to get vaccinated. Doing so will help protect you, your family and the community.

Will the vaccine be free?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccination is free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa-holders.

How will I find out how to get vaccinated?

If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you will receive an email invitation to register for the vaccination from the Department of Health WA. It will be sent to the email address you have registered with your employer.

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.

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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