Senate debates

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Vaccination

2:09 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services) Share this | Hansard source

We have prioritised the most vulnerable people in our society to receive the COVID-19 vaccine first. The most vulnerable include our frontline workers and our senior Australians. They will be part of Phase 1a. As I have just outlined, it's on track to roll out next week. Phase 1b will include adults over 70 years; other health-care workers; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55; younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability; and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat-processing workers. Phase 2a includes adults aged 50 to 69 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 to 54 years and other critical and high-risk workers. Phase 2b expands to the remainder of the Australian population.


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