The Northern Territory Government has today announced the details for the first stage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the Territory.
Phase 1A of the rollout will commence next week, based on the latest advice from the Commonwealth Government.
Phase 1A covers our most at-risk frontline workers, and our most at-risk vulnerable Territorians, according to the expert health advice.
Territorians who will be vaccinated under Phase 1A are:
· Quarantine workers and border control workers – including police and airport arrival workers;
· Hospital and health care workers in high-risk environments;
· Aged care residents and staff; and
· Disability care residents and staff.
The Northern Territory Government and the Commonwealth Government will have shared responsibility for providing vaccines to different people during Phase 1A.
The Territory Government will deliver the vaccine to quarantine workers, border control workers and high-risk health care workers.
High-risk health care workers include staff working in emergency departments, respiratory wards and clinics, and intensive care units across the Territory, as well as ambulance workers, Careflight and Royal Flying Doctor Service staff, and staff in COVID-19 testing clinics.
The Northern Territory Government will provide vaccinations to approximately 3000 Territorians during Phase 1A. This number does not include the Commonwealth’s contribution for aged care and disability care residents and staff, which is expected to be more than 1500 people.
As part of the rollout for Phase 1A, the first vaccine hub will be established at Royal Darwin Hospital. The Government is also working to establish a second vaccine hub at Alice Springs Hospital in the coming weeks.