Northern Territory becomes first in Australia to offer Covid vaccine for EVERYONE over the age of 16 – here’s how to book an appointment
- Northern Territory has opened up vaccinations for all adults over the age of 16
- Rapid rollout is to protect the large population of vulnerable Indigenous people
- Over 16s in Darwin can now book their Covid-19 jab online at the official website
- Rural Territorians 16 and over have been able to get the jab since the mid-May
The Northern Territory will be the first area in Australia to offer the Covid-19 vaccine to everyone over the age of 16 from Tuesday, if you can make a booking.
The surprise government announcement initially caught the territory’s official health website on the hop which was still only allowing bookings for the over 50s.
But officials acted swiftly to update it to allow all adults in the Territory to book their vaccination.
‘This is a sensible approach given our relatively small but highly vulnerable population,’ Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Monday.
Northern Territory will be the first area in Australia to offer the Covid-19 vaccine to everyone over the age of 16 from Tuesday, with bookings opening online (stock image)
‘This decision makes it simpler to vaccinate everyone in the Territory. It will also breed vaccine confidence – the more people you know, who you work and play with, will have the vax.’
The massive gear change in the vaccine rollout relies on sufficient supplies reaching the Top End.
But the chief minister insists he had been assured by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the NT would receive the necessary supplies needed to relax the rollout phases.
Health Minister Natasha Fyles added: ‘This is great news for the Territory.
‘I encourage all Territorians to book in and roll up their sleeves – not only are you keeping yourself safe, but you are keeping the community safe.’
The massive gear change in the vaccine rollout relies on sufficient supplies reaching the Top End, but the territory has been promised enough vaccine by PM Scott Morrison, said NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner (stock image)
HOW TO GET YOUR COVID JAB IN THE NT
All Territorians over 16 are now eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination.
Previously, only Darwin residents over 50 could be vaccinated.
Everyone else over 16 in the NT could get vaccinated since mid-May.
The rapid rollout was in response to fears Covid-19 could devastate the local Indigenous population.
Territorians wanting to book their vaccination must go to the NT’s health department website.
Click here to book now.
The vaccine has been available to Territorians 16 and over outside of Darwin since mid-May because of the large population of vulnerable Indigenous people.
The decision to discard the phases for Alice Springs and other remote communities came ahead of an expected influx of interstate tourists.
Mr Gunner said a high-volume vaccine clinic would be opened in Darwin in the coming weeks to deal with the expected surge in demand.
‘The choice we face is not ‘to vaccinate or not to vaccinate’. The choice we face is to vaccinate or get COVID,’ he said.
The NT has a population of about 246,500, which accounts for about one per cent of the Australian population.
About 60 per cent or 147,000 live in the Darwin area, with the remainder dispersed over remote and very remote areas.
The Indigenous population is estimated to be about 74,500, which represents about 30 per cent of the territory’s population.
About seven per cent of the NT population has received a dose of the vaccine compared to 2.8 per cent nationally.