Getting vaccinated

Following a review of the use of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer is preferred over the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca in adults aged under 50 years. Find out more.

South Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

SA Health is committed to providing all South Australians who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with access to safe and effective vaccines as soon as possible.

SA Health is working closely with the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations in South Australia in line with the Vaccine Roadmap announced by the Federal Government.

Vaccination rollout

South Australia COVID-19 vaccination rollout (PDF 168KB)

The South Australian COVID-19 vaccination rollout (PDF 168KB) will be complex and different from how vaccination programs are normally administered, ensuring the vaccine is available for every South Australian.

Phase 1b

View the 1B rollout plan (PDF 68KB)

Phase 1b (PDF 76KB) commenced Monday 22 March in South Australia.

Doses will initially be limited. Access to vaccines during the early period of the roll out will be made available to those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.

COVID-19 vaccines are only one part of keeping the community safe and healthy. It is important to continue to practice good hygiene, practice physical distancing, and getting tested and staying home when sick.

When South Australians will get the vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in phases across South Australia to ensure priority groups can access the vaccine.

To find out which phase of the rollout you’ll be in and if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet, visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker or call the National COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line on 1800 020 080.

The rollout phases are:

Phase 1a (commenced 22 February)

  • Quarantine and airport workers
  • Frontline at-risk health care workers including staff in GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing and processing facilities, ICU and emergency department frontline staff and volunteers, paramedics and ambulance staff
  • Residential aged care and disability care staff
  • Residential aged care and disability care residents

Phase 1b (commenced 22 March)

  • Adults over 70 years
  • All other health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults living in eligible remote areas
  • Adults with a specific underlying medical condition
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
  • Certain eligible people with a disability and carers

For more detailed information about the above groups and eligibility see South Australia rollout plan  Phase 1B (PDF 76KB)

Phase 2a (commencement date TBA)

  • Adults over 50 years
  • All other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
  • Other critical and high risk workers.

Phase 2b (commencement date TBA)

  • Rest of adult population
  • Catch up any unvaccinated people from previous phases.

Phase 3 (commencement date TBA)

  • Consideration of people under 16 years, based on further TGA approvals and ATAGI advice.

More information and advice