On Wednesday, February 24 GPs were advised whether they were successful in their application to provide COVID vaccinations to members of the public as part of the vaccination plan.
Asked about the process to extend vaccinations to other areas of the community a Department of Health spokeswoman said that providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia seeking to be vaccinated was a key priority of the Australian government.
The spokeswoman said that Australia's COVID-19 Vaccine National Roll-out Strategy was underpinned by multiple parts of the health system working together to contribute to the vaccination effort.
She said this would ensure "everyone in Australia has access to COVID-19 vaccines".
"General practices, along with General Practitioner led Respiratory Clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and community pharmacies will form the primary care vaccination plan.
"On 24 February, applicants were advised of outcome of their EOI submission," the spokeswoman said.
"Over 4600 general practices have been approved to participate in Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out," the spokeswoman said.
Initial sites are expected to commence from March 2021, with general practices being on-boarded within weeks of Phase 1b commencement, to ensure a broad national footprint.
All general practices, including those not involved in Phase 1b, are expected to have the opportunity to participate in future phases.