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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.

The Australian Government is also responsible for the vaccine rollout in primary care (general practices and GP-led Respiratory Clinics), Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services and community pharmacies.

For more information view the COVID-19 vaccination information for primary care workers webpage

Latest AstraZeneca information for healthcare workers

  • ATAGI statement on AstraZeneca vaccine in response to new vaccine safety concerns (23 April 2021)
  • ATAGI notes further evidence of a rare but serious side effect involving thrombosis (clotting) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) following receipt of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
  • ATAGI recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in adults aged under 50 years. This recommendation is based on the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination) and a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.
  • People who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.

Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) or vaccine induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) or Vaccine Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT)

This fact sheet (PDF 263 kB) is designed to provide healthcare workers in Queensland with an understanding of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) also known as vaccine induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) and Vaccine Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT). It is intended as a guide only and does not replace sound clinical judgement. As our accepted understanding of this syndrome is rapidly evolving, please return to this page for the latest information and do not print this fact sheet.

Vaccine information sessions for Queensland healthcare workers

The Queensland Clinical Senate hosted its fourth virtual information session on 27 April 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.

Note: Information provided and discussed during each information session is relevant and accurate at the time of publication. For the latest advice, please refer to the FAQs below.

Vaccine information session for Queensland healthcare workers 27 April 2021

Vaccine rollout

Note: This information is current at 28 April 2021. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines in Queensland is ongoing.

The Australian Government also continues vaccinating people in aged care and disability accommodation in Queensland using an outreach model coordinated by a range of providers.

As individuals who are eligible in 1a continue to be prioritised, Queensland has commenced vaccinating Priority Group 1b eligible critical and high-risk workers (such as healthcare workers, police, corrective services and meatworkers). Queensland Health is liaising with employers about options available to these workers to receive their vaccination.

In addition, if you currently require daily surveillance testing because of the high-risk environment you work in, then adult members of your household are also eligible to receive their vaccination.

Eligible Queenslanders can receive their vaccination at an approved GP, GP Respiratory Clinic (GPRC), Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation or at one of Queensland Health’s state-run vaccination locations.

Site and booking details for Queensland’s state-run vaccination locations will be available in the Australian Government eligibility checker in the coming weeks.

States and territories will begin vaccinating people in Phase 2a in May starting with all adults 50 years and over:

The Australian Government is also extending free access to COVID-19 vaccines to all visa-holders in Australia.

For more information please refer to the below frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed, please email us at

Vaccine advice and guidance documents

Vaccine PPE advice

PPE advice for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout have been identified through review of clinical guidelines to identify the types of PPE required for different levels of risk for community transmission of COVID-19. Engagement with clinical stakeholders has also identified where PPE usage in practice may diverge from clinical guidelines.

COVID-19 Clinical vaccination advice for cancer patients 1 April 2021

Patients with cancer are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality following COVID-19 infection than patients with no comorbid conditions. This information from the Statewide Cancer Clinical Network will help guide vaccination decisions for clinicians and their patients.

Low Dead Space Needle Clinical Guidance

The Pfizer ComirnatyTM vaccine is in short supply globally and vaccine resources are scarce. Each vial contains at least 5 doses however, when low dead-space (LDS) syringes and/or needles are used, a 6th full dose may be extracted for administration.  The Commonwealth have procured VernacareTM single use LDS needles (25G, 25mm) for use in those sites administering the Pfizer ComirnatyTM vaccine. Clinical guidance has been developed regarding the use of low dead space needles.

Vaccine protocols and management templates

Vaccine protocol

These Protocol documents have been developed by Queensland Health for all Queensland Health employees and contractors providing vaccination services in relation to the provision of the Queensland Covid-19 Vaccination program.

Vaccine Management Protocol Templates

These VMP: Template to assist sites develop a vaccine management protocol for each COVID-19 vaccine.  The template is based on Strive for 5 recommendations and outlines the management of the COVID-19 vaccines to ensure appropriate storage conditions and integrity of the vaccine. Appendix 1 of these documents describe how to correctly pack a cooler for transport and temperature monitoring requirements.

Vaccination in-clinic forms and resources

Pre-Vaccination Screening Questions

The Pre-Vaccination Screening Questions form and the Additional and Temporary Pre-Vaccination Screening Questions form are to be completed by a person booked to receive a vaccination or by a person assisting them. These questions are to be completed on arrival at the clinic to assess if the vaccination should proceed on the day.

If any of the questions in the completed form indicate yes, a relevant health worker is to review and determine if the vaccination should proceed. A pre-vaccination screening guide is also available below as a supporting guide.


Consent is to be completed by the person booked to have a vaccination or their substitute decision maker either prior to attending or at the clinic. The patient information sheet is to be provided with the consent form to assist the person in making an informed decision.

Vaccination downtime forms

The following forms are to be used during system downtime, along with the two in-clinic forms above (Pre-Vaccination Screening Questions and Vaccination Consent). These forms align with QCVMS Information System.

Covid-19 Vaccination Enrolment

This downtime form is to be completed by a person booked to receive a vaccination or by a person assisting them when they arrive at clinic. Not all fields are required to be completed or entered into the QCVMS. Mandatory fields are denoted with a *.

Covid-19 Vaccination Administration

This downtime form is to be completed by the healthcare worker assessing the person to be vaccinated, administering the vaccination and/or monitoring the vaccinated person (all three roles may be the same healthcare worker). Not all fields are required to be completed or entered into the QCVMS. Mandatory fields are denoted with a *.

Frequently asked questions

How does the Pfizer vaccine work?

How does the AstraZeneca vaccine work?

When and how will healthcare workers know when they are eligible to be vaccinated?

Which COVID-19 vaccine will healthcare workers receive?

What if I have had my first dose of AstraZeneca but don’t want the second dose – can I have Pfizer?

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 PPE do I need to wear at a vaccination location?

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?

What if I suffer from allergies or anaphylaxis – can I still get vaccinated?

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

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

I live in Queensland but work in a healthcare facility or service in a different state, where can I get vaccinated?

Who is administering the vaccines – can I be a vaccinator?

How will the cold chain be managed?

Where can I find vaccine information for my patients?

What other COVID-19 vaccines are available?

How will this relate to having the annual flu vaccination?

Will we be given a vaccination record with the name of the vaccine and the date it was given?

What is the Queensland COVID vaccine management solution and who is it for?

Do we have enough clinical consumables to be able to give everyone a vaccination?

Why aren’t COVID-19 vaccines being given to children under 16 years of age?

What is an AEFI?

What is Vaxtracker?

If I have received a Covid-19 Vaccine and am suffering from an Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI), do I need to report it?

If I am a health professional and a patient I’m caring for has an Adverse Event Following Immunisation, do I need to report it?

Last updated: 6 May 2021