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COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service COVID-19 vaccination rollout began in March 2021 in the Torres Strait, due to the risk of COVID–19 spreading from Papua New Guinea.

In April 2021 the rollout paused following changes to the national guidelines for the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, before resuming in May with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination teams have visited every community in the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service region at least twice, with additional walk-in clinics and pop-up clinics regularly scheduled to ensure vaccination rates continue to grow in our communities.

The vaccine is free, voluntary and is our best defence against COVID-19.

Two vaccine doses—plus a booster dose when you are eligible—are recommended for maximum protection.

Schedule of vaccination clinics

The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service COVID–19 vaccination program restarted on 17 May 2021.

View and print the full COVID-19 vaccination rollout schedule for across the Torres Strait Islands, Northern Peninsula Area and Cape York region.

Book my COVID-19 vaccination

There are three ways to book your COVID-19 vaccine, you can:

Missed us while we were in your community? Register for a catch-up clinic and complete the vaccination catch-up clinic registration form (Torres and Cape HHS)

You can also :

  • Use the eligibility checker for an AstraZeneca vaccine provider near you (not available if you have already had one Pfizer dose).
  • Contact your local healthcare facility and ask to register for a COVID-19 vaccine catch-up clinic.

Vaccination progress in our communities

These charts highlight the progress of the Torres and Cape HHS COVID-19 vaccination rollout in every community within our three regions: Torres Strait, Cape York and Northern Peninsula Area.

Please note:

  • As of 18/10/21 doses are listed against patients’ home suburb, resulting in small variations from previous data snapshots.
  • Data includes doses administered by TCHHS only and not those administered by other providers or health services.
  • Population data is derived from Torres and Cape HHS patient populations and may differ from other publicly available population data.

To increase the size of the chart please click on the images below.

Cape York

Image of Cape York vaccination rollout chart

Northern Peninsula Area

Image of Northern Peninsula Area vaccination rollout chart

Torres Strait Islands

Image of Torres Strait Islands vaccination rollout chart

Who can get the vaccine?

Everyone in our communities who is 12 years and over can have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Pfizer booster doses are available to people aged 18+ in our communities who had a COVID-19 vaccine dose at least 5 months (21 weeks) ago. All booster doses will be the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – even for those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Pregnant women are recommended to receive a COVD-19 vaccination as soon as possible, at any stage in their pregnancy, due to the increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and adverse outcomes during pregnancy.

If you have already had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose with no serious side effects, you can get your second dose.​

Get proof of my COVID-19 vaccination

Who can I ask for more details about the vaccine?

Please contact your local healthcare facility or GP to discuss your personal situation regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can visit COVID-19 vaccine | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au) or read the latest announcements about COVID-19 and up-to-date advice from the Australian Government.

Latest news about the vaccination rollout within our region

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Last updated: 2 December 2021