JULY 31 UPDATE:
Pharmacies across Cairns and the Far North have started offering AstraZeneca to anyone over the age of 18, with no GP referral needed.
Find a list of local participating pharmacies here.
JULY 27 UPDATE:
Australians aged 40 to 59 years of age, or who fall under certain eligibility criteria, are able to get the Pfizer vaccine.
Australians aged 18 and over can also choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 60 years of age across all phases.
The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 60 years and over.
MAY 4 UPDATE:
Phase 2a of the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout has started today across the state, a day after the rest of the Australia due to Queensland's Labour Day public holiday.
All Indigenous Australians aged 18 to 49 and non-Indigenous Australians over the age of 50 are now eligible.
Cairns clinics have started administering COVID-19 vaccines this week as Australia enters its second phase of the national rollout program.
Tropic has put together a list of local clinics that have opted in to deliver the shots as part of Phase 1b, which will continue over the next four weeks.
People over the age of 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55-years-old, adults with a specified medical condition, healthcare workers, and critical high-risk workers are currently eligible to receive their free vaccine.
People who are currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine can now make a booking at the following local clinics.
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre, Cairns CBD
McLeod Street Medical, Cairns CBD
Apple Tree Medical, Parramatta Park
Thrive Medical, Cairns North
Barrier Reef Medical Centre, Cairns North
The Doctors Mulgrave Road Medical Centre, Westcourt
Cairns West Medical Centre, Manunda
The Family Doctor Cairns, Manoora
Wuchopperen Health Service, Manoora
Omega Health Medical Centre, Manoora
Cairns Doctors on Barr St, Earlville
Southcare Medical Centre, Woree
Mt Sheridan Medical Practice, Mt Sheridan
Edmonton Family Medical Centre, Edmonton
Balance! Edmonton Family Practice, Edmonton
Redlynch Medical Centre, Redlynch
Smithfield Central Doctors, Smithfield
Apple Tree Medical, Smithfield
Trinity GPs, Smithfield
Beaches Family Practice, Trinity Beach
Beaches Family Practice, Kewarra Beach
Clifton Beach Medical & Surgical, Clifton Beach
Ocean Health Clinic, Palm Cove
Kuranda Medical Centre, Kuranda
Ngak Min Health, Gordonvale
Gordonvale Family Medical Centre, Gordonvale
Amaroo Medical, Mareeba
Mareeba Medical Clinic, Mareeba
To find out which COVID-19 vaccination phase you fall under, fill out the eligibility checker here.
If you're currently eligible to receive a vaccine, a map of participating clinics can be accessed after completing the eligibility checker.
If you prefer to speak to someone on the phone, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.
More information on the COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the Australian Government's website.
Innisfail Hospital is due to start vaccinating its frontline health workers tomorrow, while Atherton Hospital staff received their first doses on Friday.
Cairns Hospital began administering the Pfizer vaccine to its frontline staff in late February.
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) CEO Robin Whyte said that there’s already been a high interest for the COVID-19 vaccine, and not just from people who are eligible for the current phase.
“We’ve been really pleased that so many residents are keen to get vaccinated in this next phase, however it's important to take the time to check your eligibility in this round, before making an appointment or calling your doctor,” Ms Whyte said.
“Please be assured that all eligible people across Queensland will have their turn to be vaccinated in the coming months.”
Ms Whyte said residents whose regular GP is part of the vaccination program may be contacted when it’s their turn to receive the vaccination.
“We’re heartened by the fact that there is a low risk of contracting COVID-19 in Queensland at this current time, and all eligible Australians will have the opportunity to have this vaccination in the coming months,” she said.
“In the meantime, we encourage residents to ensure their Medicare details are correct, continue to practise good hygiene, physical distancing and adhere to local restrictions and understand how to isolate if you need to.
“As ever, if you're feeling unwell, don't go to work, avoid group activities, and get tested.”
* Tropic Now aims to continually update this story, along with all COVID-19-related coverage, with the latest information. Therefore this story may have been edited since its publication date.