COVID-19 vaccine

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is an important way to keep the community safe and healthy.
  • The first doses of the vaccine will be given to those who need it most.
  • It is recommended that all adults get the COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be free.

When will the COVID-19 vaccination program be rolled out?

The WA COVID-19 vaccination program is planned to rollout in phases from late February. Phase 1a commenced on 22 February. The vaccines will be rolled out over the course of 2021 provided the vaccines are proven safe and effective by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) (external site).

The vaccine program is being implemented in a phased approach because there is currently a limited supply of the first vaccine approved by the TGA. 

Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine first?

Priority groups will be offered the first doses such as people most at risk of becoming very ill with COVID-19 and those at greater risk of becoming infected through their work and infecting others.

More people will have access to the vaccine as more doses become available.

COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine on the COVID-19 FAQs page.

Phase Eligible populations
Phase 1a

Phase 1b

  • Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
  • Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
  • Other health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55 (external site)
  • Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

Phase 2a

Phase 2b      
  • Balance of adult population
  • Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases

Phase 3

  • People under 16 years if recommended (Pfizer vaccine only)

Public Health

Last reviewed: 28-02-2021

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