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COVID-19 vaccination information for healthcare workers

Healthcare workers face a higher risk of COVID infection and illness compared to the general population. We might also, unwittingly, be responsible for transmitting the virus to the vulnerable population in our care.

This is why healthcare workers have been prioritised to get a COVID vaccine when it becomes available in Australia. Your support and uptake of the vaccine, while vital to your own protection, will also support higher uptake in the community.

Note: The Australian Government is responsible for vaccinating all aged/disability care staff and residents (including Queensland Health facilities). More information will be provided as it becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccine information session for Queensland healthcare workers

The Queensland Clinical Senate hosted a second virtual information session on 22 February 2021. The information contained within was correct at the time of recording but will change as more information becomes available. Please refer to the FAQs or links on this page to ensure you access the latest available information.

Vaccine rollout

Note: This information is current at 20 February 2021. It will be updated as more information on supply and distribution is confirmed or becomes available.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Queensland is scheduled to commence on Monday 22 February 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine Queensland rollout strategy details the priority vaccination of Queensland healthcare workers in Phase 1a and future phases.

The first 100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in Queensland will be administered at the Gold Coast University Hospital on 22 February.

The Australian Government will also begin vaccinating residents and workers in aged care and disability accommodation in Queensland using an outreach model coordinated by a range of providers.

Further doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (24 February 2021) and Cairns Hospital (26 February 2021).

The AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-March with local production of the vaccine to occur shortly thereafter in Melbourne. It is anticipated Queensland will receive supplies of AstraZeneca in mid-to-late March.

As the rollout progresses and vaccine supply increases, more facilities will come on board as Queensland Government vaccination locations across the state.

Queensland healthcare workers will receive the vaccine available at the time and location of their appointment. There is no opportunity to preference a vaccine. The availability of either vaccine will depend on the distribution schedule from the Australian Government.

Vaccination screening questions and consent

As recipients/consumers, Queensland healthcare workers will be required to complete Pre Vaccination Screening Questions and provide Vaccination Consent prior to receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. More information is available in the Queensland COVID-19 vaccination information resource or by viewing the forms below.

Frequently asked questions

How will healthcare workers know when they are eligible to be vaccinated?

Which COVID-19 vaccination will healthcare workers receive?

Where will the vaccination hubs be located?

How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines?

How do I know the vaccine is safe?

Will the vaccine protect healthcare workers from COVID-19?

Will healthcare workers being vaccinated protect patients from COVID-19?

Will I need to follow COVID-19 infection control advice after getting vaccinated?

What are the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?

I’m a healthcare worker with an underlying condition – is it safe for me to get vaccinated?

How long will the COVID-19 vaccine protect healthcare workers?

Is the vaccine mandatory if I want to keep my job?

Last updated: 23 February 2021