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COVID-19 vaccine program

Accredited commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) drivers, bus drivers and driving instructors are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. This cohort is part of a priority group in the Victorian state-based vaccine program that is being run in parallel to the Commonwealth’s vaccine program.

This page has the most up-to-date information on the program.

How to get a vaccine

Accredited commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) drivers, bus drivers and driving instructors are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination as part of the Victorian state rollout.

We will email eligible drivers and instructors with information on when and where they can book appointments to receive the vaccine, as soon as we have it.

In the meantime, all CPV drivers, bus drivers and driving instructors should ensure we have their up-to-date contact details – especially an email address.

How to update your details

CPV and bus drivers: Register for a CPVV User Portal account (or log in) to check and update your contact information. With a Portal account you’ll also be able to access a digital driver accreditation certificate that you can use to demonstrate your eligibility for the vaccine. Without that, you may be refused the vaccination.

Driving instructors: Supply your current contact check and update your details using this form.

During the vaccine roll out it is critical that we all continue to be COVIDSafe.

Find the latest published vaccine information on the coronavirus.vic website. Or read vaccine factsheets translated into multiple languages.

Preferred vaccines for under-50s (new 12/4/21)

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 50 years. This is because of evidence of a rare but serious side effect involving blood clotting following the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.

As a result, the Victorian state-run vaccination centres have paused administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine until:

  • further provider and consumer information is made available by the Commonwealth and translated into languages other than English
  • a new and compulsory training package is completed by all staff administering vaccines and
  • the Department of Health and health services are satisfied with legal advice received on indemnity.

These requirements will ensure an informed decision can be made by people aged under 50 years preparing to receive a first dose of AstraZeneca - as recommended by ATAGI. They will also ensure practitioners responsible for its administration are indemnified, and state-run sites can continue to smoothly and responsibly vaccinate Victorians.

Health services are advised to continue to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine to eligible people aged over 50, and to eligible people receiving their second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine without any previous severe adverse reaction, in line with ATAGI's recommendations.

About the vaccine program

  • Implementation of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program started in Victoria on 22 February 2021. Read more about the program that is underway.
  • Read about the national prioritisation process. Note there is a state-based rollout running alongside the national program.
  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca) COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Read more about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • During the vaccine roll out it is critical that we all continue to be COVIDSafe.
  • We await further information as to when members of the CPV industry will receive the vaccine.
  • There will be a booking system for vaccines – we will upload the link to this system as soon as we have it.
  • Information on the vaccine program is available in multiple languages – please share the relevant language brochure with your drivers if necessary.

The following links have more information on the vaccine program.

Australia

Victoria