COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease which can cause serious illness, hospitalisation and even death. The COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19. If you do catch COVID-19 after vaccination, you should be protected from the serious illness the virus can sometimes cause. The vaccine is not mandatory. But we strongly recommend that you get the vaccine as soon as it is available to you. People who are most at risk from COVID-19 will get the vaccine first. The COVID-19 vaccine is free. The vaccines will not be available privately. Our aim in offering the vaccine to the population is to protect people and reduce the illness and deaths caused by this virus.
The first groups to get the COVID-19 vaccine are:
- people aged 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities – they have a greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19
- frontline healthcare workers – they have a higher risk of being exposed to COVID-19
If you live in a long-term care facility, you will be offered the vaccine there. If you are a healthcare worker, you will be offered the vaccine where you work or nearby.
The vaccine will be offered to more priority groups as soon as possible. You do not need to apply or register to get the vaccine. We will let you know when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine through advertising or an invitation.