Victoria announces Pfizer eligibility changes and more first-dose appointments
24.08.2021

Victoria announces Pfizer eligibility changes and more first-dose appointments

Words by Kate Streader

Victorians aged between 16 and 39 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine from tomorrow.

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australians between the ages of 16 and 39 would be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine from Friday August 30.

This morning, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews brought that date even closer, announcing the eligibility changes would come into effect for Victorians from Wednesday August 25.

What you need to know

  • Victorians between the ages of 16 and 39 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine from Wednesday August 25
  • Over 830,000 vaccination appointments will be made available over the next four weeks
  • Newly eligible Victorians with existing first-dose appointments will be offered Pfizer from tomorrow

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Victorians with a first-dose vaccination appointment scheduled after Wednesday August 25 can choose to receive Pfizer or AstraZeneca, depending on the doses available at the vaccination clinic, even if the appointment was booked for AZ.

While the eligibility has changed, Pfizer doses are still limited in Australia and the government has advised that the best vaccine is the one you can get today.

Over the next four weeks, 830,000 vaccination appointments will be made available across Victoria, including 450,000 first-dose appointments for the Pfizer vaccine.

New appointments will be available from 7am on Wednesday August 25 and can be booked via the online booking service or by phoning the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

“We’ve already delivered more than 230,000 doses towards our 1 million jabs target which is a mammoth effort. But please, if you haven’t had your vaccination yet, just book it in today to protect yourself and your loved ones,” said Premier Dan Andrews.

Book your vaccination appointment here or by calling 1800 675 398.