Frontline virus vaccines begin in Tasmania

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Tasmania's frontline workers have started receiving the coronavirus vaccine as part of the rollout across the country.

Infectious diseases nurse Jen Iver was the first to be given the jab on Tuesday morning at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

"I'm super privileged to be able to be the first. There was no pain whatsoever," she told reporters.

Some 1000 vaccines are expected to be administered at the Royal Hobart Hospital this week before the program expands to Launceston General Hospital and North West Regional Hospital in coming weeks.

Essential workers, such as nurses, paramedics and border and quarantine staff, are first on the list.

Aged care residents in the northwest, where a deadly outbreak hit the region's major hospital at the beginning of the pandemic, started receiving vaccines on Monday.

About 14,000 of Tasmania's "priority populations" are slated to receive the jab by mid-April.

"It's been quite an emotional day for our team. I don't think anyone predicted we'd be here so quickly," Health Department secretary Katherine Morgan-Wicks said.

The frontline worker vaccine rollout began on Monday across mainland Australia.

Tasmania, meanwhile, reopened its border to travellers from Auckland, Taranaki and Waikato on Monday evening.

State Director of Public Health Mark Veitch removed the New Zealand regions' high risk designation, meaning people coming from the areas no longer have to quarantine.

Those coming from Auckland must still abide by Australia-wide rules, which include returning a negative COVID-19 test prior to flying.