Updated: Aged care vaccinations start next week – initial locations across Australia


Around 240 residential aged care facilities among the first to receive vaccinations in the first week, commencing Monday – February 22.

The vaccination program will begin in every state and territory and will include regional and rural aged care facilities. It is anticipated that the roll out to aged care facilities will take approximately six weeks.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said Vaccination for residents and staff will be made available through residential aged care facilities where they live or work, and it will be administered through an in-reach workforce provider,” Minister Hunt said.

“Healthcare Australia will be providing the vaccination workforce in New South Wales and Queensland, and Aspen Medical will be responsible for the other states and territories.

“The Primary Health Network in each region will be supporting the Commonwealth deliver to each of the aged care facilities in their area and the process is expected to draw from the extensive experience in delivering influenza vaccines to aged care residents.”

Residential aged care facilities will be grouped, up to a maximum of eight facilities within a 30 kilometre radius to ensure efficient delivery of the vaccine.

Vaccination for home and community aged care recipients and staff will occur in the community, and these people will receive information relevant to their situation shortly.

It’s anticipated that people aged over 70 years who do not reside in residential aged care facilities, along with in-home and community aged care staff, will be able to go to specified central locations or medical facilities to receive their COVID 19 vaccination, as the time comes for their vaccination.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said the Australian Government would be responsible for leading the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program in the aged care sector.

“We are consulting with relevant peak bodies and state and territory governments, but the responsibilities are clearly delineated so all parties understand their role in this critical and complex program,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The New South Wales, Victorian and the South Australian governments will maintain responsibility for vaccinating residents and staff of the public sector residential aged care and disability care facilities in their state.

“It is vital residents and families understand what information is available to them as the vaccine strategy is rolled out. I would encourage residents and family members to ask if they need help understanding the vaccine program and how it will affect them.

“Importantly, the vaccine providers will be providing information about the vaccine and seeking consent from aged care residents or their substitute decision maker, to ensure they understand the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine.”

Everyone responsible for providing the vaccine in aged care settings will be required to have completed the relevant training, including on the use of multi-dose vials, cold storage and infection control.

In the coming weeks, the vaccination program will reach more than 2,600 residential aged care facilities, more than 183,000 residents and 339,000 staff.

For further information visit: https://www.australia.gov.au/

Stakeholder information kit in support of the rollout can be found here – https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/covid-19-vaccination-aged-care-stakeholder-kit

Updated 19th February, 2021:

Thousands of aged care residents in Australia, at more than 240 facilities, will receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose next week. The facilities are located across Australia in over 190 towns and suburbs in rural and urban areas in every state and territory – listed below:

Australian Capital Territory

Curtin
Farrer
Garran
Griffith
Hughes
Narrabundah
Red Hill
Stirling
Weston
New South Wales

Alstonville
Austral
Ballina
Bangor
Barden Ridge
Blacktown
Collaroy
Collaroy Plateau
Corrimal
Cronulla
Dean Park
Emu Plains
Engadine
Glenfield
Gosford West
Heathcote
Illawong
Jamisontown
Marayong
Minto
Mortdale
Mount Austin
Narrabeen
Orange
Peakhurst
Penrith
Penshurst
Point Clare
Port Macquarie
Prestons
Roselands
Springwood
Stanwell Park
Tarrawanna
Terrey Hills
Thirroul
Umina Beach
Wagga Wagga
Warriewood
Woonona
Woy Woy
Northern Territory

Alice Springs
Braitling
Coconut Grove
Fannie Bay
Farrar
Nightcliff
Tiwi
Queensland

Albany Creek
Aspley
Bald Hills
Beaconsfield
Birtinya
Bray Park
Buderim
Bundaberg
Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Waters
Carseldine
Cleveland
Glenella
Glenvale
Harristown
Hope Island
Kearneys Spring
Kepnock
Lawnton
Mackay
Meridan Plains
Millbank
Mirani
Mudgeeraba
North Bundaberg
North Mackay
North Tamborine
Palmwoods
Pimpama
Redland Bay
Robina
Sippy Downs
South Toowoomba
Thornlands
Toowoomba
Upper Coomera
Varsity Lakes
Victoria Point
Warana
West Mackay
Woombye
South Australia

Aldgate



Cowandilla
Encounter Bay
Everard Park
Goolwa
Hahndorf
Heathfield
Lockleys
Marion
Marleston
Morphettville
Mount Barker
North Plympton
Oaklands Park
Port Elliot
Uraidla
Victor Harbor
Tasmania

Burnie
Legana
Newnham
Newstead
Norwood
Penguin
Riverside
Somerset
St Leonards
Ulverstone
West Ulverstone
Wynyard
Victoria

Altona Meadows
Ballarat
Ballarat East
Bayswater
Bendigo
Blackburn
California Gully
Canadian
Cowes
Cranbourne
Cranbourne East
Creswick
Dandenong
Dandenong North
Delacombe
Drouin
Drysdale
East Bendigo
Forest Hill
Heathmont
Hoppers Crossing
Ironbark
Junction Village
Lara
Long Gully
Moe
Morwell
Mount Clear
Neerim South
Newborough
Nunawading
Ocean Grove
Point Cook
Point Lonsdale
Portarlington
Ringwood
Vermont
Vermont South
Wallington
Wantirna
Wantirna South
Warragul
Wendouree
Werribee
Western Australia

Balcatta
Bunbury
Calista
Carey Park
Cooloongup
Donnybrook
Eaton
Emu Point
Kingsley
Lockyer
Madeley
Marangaroo
Mirrabooka
Port Kennedy
Rockingham
Shoalwater
South Bunbury
Spencer Park
Waikiki
Yakamia

States and territories will initially have 16 Pfizer vaccination hubs operational across Australia. These first hubs will be at: 

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW) 
  • Westmead Hospital (NSW) 
  • Liverpool Hospital (NSW) 
  • Monash Medical Centre Clayton (VIC) 
  • Sunshine Hospital (VIC) 
  • Austin Health (VIC) 
  • University Hospital Geelong (VIC) 
  • Gold Coast University Hospital (QLD) 
  • Cairns Hospital (QLD) 
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital (QLD) 
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA) 
  • Flinders Medical Centre (SA) 
  • Perth Children’s Hospital (WA) 
  • Royal Hobart Hospital (TAS) 
  • The Canberra Hospital (ACT) 
  • Royal Darwin Hospital (NT) 

The remaining phases will be rolled out as the number of vaccines grows. 

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