There were rounds of applause when Margaret Young, of Aldersgate Village, received her COVID-19 vaccination.
The 88-year-old was the first of 72 residents to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday morning, at the Uniting AgeWell Newnham Community.
It came almost a year to the day since Tasmania's first case of COVID-19 was reported, with the state now heading into the second week of its vaccination roll-out.
For Mrs Young, who raised her eight children in Launceston and is soon to be a great-great-grandmother, she said she was delighted to draw on her "practical wisdom" to get the jab.
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Uniting AgeWell's residential services manager for Northern Tasmania Suezanne Horder said the atmosphere as residents queued up for their shots was "buzzing, almost party-like".
With some spare doses available, she said 11 staff members also rolled up their sleeves to receive the vaccine dose early.
"It went extremely well. All of our residents were really upbeat and have really embraced getting a vaccine and doing their part to be proactive," Ms Horser said.
"We have come a very long way since a year ago and I think everyone is feeling much better protected now that we have received the vaccine."
With the federal government coordinating vaccinations in aged care and disability residential care facilities, vaccines are continuing to be distributed to 12 Tasmanian suburbs as part of the priority roll-out.
Aldersgate Village residents were the first of Uniting AgeWell's eight residential sites in Tasmania to receive their vaccination.
Chief executive Andrew Kinnersly said he strongly encouraged everyone who was able, to get vaccinated.
"This will be instrumental in protecting those vulnerable residents and clients we care for who are unable to have the vaccine, as well as protecting each other, our families and friends," he said.
"We should all be doing everything we possibly can to stop the spread of COVID-19."
Meanwhile, Tasmania's state-based vaccination program has also entered its second week, with 1159 Tasmanians already receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Marking the one-year anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Health Minister Sarah Courtney said Tasmania had led the nation in terms of "virtually exhausting" its entire vaccine allocation last week - followed by the ACT at 84 per cent of its allocation, and then NSW at 74 per cent.
She said the Phase 1A clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital was again ready to vaccinate another cohort of frontline workers.
"Another tray of 195 vials has arrived and the vaccination program continues from today until the end of the week, with almost every last appointment already filled," she said.
"The federal government's announcement of the first 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived on Sunday is another boost to our capacity to vaccinate our population and we will be working closely with the federal government on the logistics of distributing these vaccines, and how we can get that roll-out moving as soon as we possibly can."
Ms Courtney said planned vaccination programs at the Launceston General Hospital and North West Regional Hospital remained on track to commence in mid-March, with the clinics at both hubs in the process of finalising set up, training and testing.
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