East Grampians Health Services has been overlooked for a spot among the first healthcare providers to facilitate the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Australia's COVID-19 Vaccination Program begins next week, with vaccine hubs to be set up in more than 190 towns across the country.
However, Ararat will not be one of these towns, with the closest town involved being Ballarat.
The priority groups that will first receive the vaccine include aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers.
Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said he was optimistic about the effectiveness of the vaccines.
"This week the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has arrived in the country and the TGA has approved the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine," he said.
"These are two outstanding vaccines that will be available to people in Australia free of charge.
"The vaccination program will save and protect lives. Both of our vaccines will prevent serious illness. That is our primary goal."
The remaining phases will be rolled out as the number of vaccines grows.
To find out more about the rollout and priority groups head to aus.gov.au.
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