Tasmania will take on an additional load of administering about 12,000 COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to speed up the vaccine rollout for staff in aged care and disability service facilities
Premier Peter Gutwein announced Tasmania would take on the responsibility from the Commonwealth after meeting with national cabinet on Monday.
"Right throughout we have taken an overall responsibility for people in Tasmania," he said.
"We have the capacity to assist so we are assisting."
Department of Health deputy secretary Dale Webster said the additional vaccines would be rolled out through state based clinics with the group expected to be vaccinated by July.
"We believe that by opening up our clinic and pfizer hubs which gives those workers extra options we will get through them faster and that means that they will get protection earlier," he said.
"It is worked into the original delivery and we will work with the commonwealth to make sure we have the rest of the rollout occur.
"We are fairly happy with the number of doses allocated to Tasmania and we are happy to take on that load. The commonwealth rollout was to be done over a period of time, but a decision was made to bring that forward."
He said in the ninth week of the rollout 28,630 doses had been delivered in Tasmanian state clinics and the Commonwealth had delivered 6127 doses in Tasmania and GP clinics across the state had delivered 19,911.
Mr Webster said from next week there would be pfizer hubs at the Launceston General Hospital, North West Regional Hospital and Royal Hobart Hospital with one to be later opened at the Mersey Community Hospital.
"We will have more community clinics available in other locations in the coming weeks," he said.
"We are determining the location of our community clinics on existing population data, the coverage of GPs participating and also the priority populations in each of those areas."