People aged 16+ years with underlying medical conditions

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2021 9:14am

16 years and older age with a specified underlying medical condition

Anyone aged 16 years and older age with a specified underlying medical condition is eligible to receive a free vaccine under Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program. This also extends to carers (paid and unpaid). The specified underlying medical conditions are listed below. If you are eligible, visit the bookings page.

Specifically, individuals with the following are eligible under Phase 1b:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
  • Adult survivors of childhood cancers
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients or those on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy or those on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
  • Haematological diseases or cancers
    • Including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
    • Diagnosed within the past 5 years or on recently completed active treatment
  • Non-haematological cancer
    • Diagnosed within the past 5 years or on recently completed active treatment
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions on medical treatment
    • Including Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and similar who are being treated with Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immune-suppressive or immunomodulatory therapies
    • Generally not inclusive of people living with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome or similar non-immunocompromising inflammatory conditions.
  • Primary or acquired immunodeficiency
    • Including congenital causes of immunodeficiency and HIV/AIDS
  • Those with severe mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder
  • Chronic renal (kidney) failure with a eGFR of <44mL/min
    • Not including mild-moderate chronic kidney disease
  • Heart disease
    • Including ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension
  • Chronic lung disease
    • Including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease
    • Not including mild or moderate asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Severe obesity with a BMI ≥ 40kg/m2
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Some neurological conditions
    • Including stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy
    • Generally not inclusive of migraine or cluster headaches
  • Poorly controlled blood pressure (defined as two or more pharmacologic agents for blood pressure control, regardless of recent readings)
  • Those with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury
  • People with a disability or with age-related conditions (e.g. early onset dementia) attending centre-based services (e.g. day programs, respite care, supported employment).

If you have any questions about your eligibility please speak to your usual health care provider or General Practitioner.