COVID-19 vaccines and treatments
On this page:
- COVID-19 vaccine – can you get it?
- COVID-19 booster vaccine advice
- COVID-19 oral treatments
- Do I have to wait between getting the Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 vaccine?
- Third primary doses for people who are immunocompromised
- Vaccine clinics for people with disability
- Which vaccine will you get?
- Where do you get your vaccine?
- How do you book a vaccine appointment?
- Who can you talk to about booking assistance?
- Can someone come with you when you get vaccinated?
- How to speak with kids about COVID-19 Vaccines
- Can your disability workers and your carers get vaccinated?
- Easy Read resources
- Other information
The Disability Gateway can help you to make a booking to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Call 1800 643 787, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.
Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability is available in:
You can find more at the Department of Health’s website: COVID-19 vaccine information for people with disability.
And there is further information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 vaccine information in languages other than English.
Disability service providers can read the Department of Health disability service provider page.
The vaccination rate of people with disability living in shared accommodation is published on the Department of Health website, as part of the daily report on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout update.
COVID-19 vaccine – can you get it?
Everyone of age 6 months and over can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.
From 5 September 2022, children aged between 6 months and 5 years who are most of risk of severe disease can now have a COVID-19 vaccine. Further details are published on the Department of Health website.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free.
Getting vaccinated is important and helps protect people from severe disease.
Some people with disability are at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19.
COVID-19 booster vaccine advice
The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine recommended as a booster for:
- 12 to 15 year olds who:
- are severely immunocompromised, or
- have a disability with significant or complex health needs, or
- have severe, complex, or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19.
- 16 or 17 year olds.
If you are aged 18 years or older, you can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as a booster dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first 2 doses.
COVID-19 oral treatments
Updated Eligibility for oral COVID-19 treatments
Since 11 July 2022, more people with disability are eligible to receive potentially lifesaving COVID-19 antiviral treatments, including:
- immunocompromised people over the age of 18
- people with a broader range of chronic respiratory issues
- adults living with disability who have multiple medical conditions
- First Nations people aged 30+ and have asthma, diabetes, obesity or are living remotely
These changes were based on the latest evidence on the effectiveness and safety of the medicines.
COVID-19 can be life-threatening for adults in high-risk groups, even when they are vaccinated.
The antiviral treatments, which are taken as a tablet or capsule, can help to stop COVID-19 infection from becoming severe – but they need to be started early after testing positive.
Please talk to your doctor now about your COVID-19 treatment options. Your doctor can help determine your exact eligibility.
Watch a video here with Dr Lucas de Toca as he talks about COVID-19 oral treatments, including who is eligible, when to take them, and how to access them in rural or remote areas.
There is an Easy Read resource on COVID-19 medicines.
Do I have to wait between getting the Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 vaccine?
In the main, COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine for most people.
For children under 5 years it is preferable to separate administration of Moderna paediatric COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines by 7 – 14 days. To minimise the risk of adverse events such as fever.
Third primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended a third primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for people who are severely immunocompromised.
If you have received three primary doses, it is also recommended to have a booster dose 3 months after your third dose.
For further information, please see the ATAGI advice or See the Department of Health website for more information about the timing of these doses.
Advice should also be obtained from your doctor or specialist.
There are Easy Read resources that explains third doses and booster doses, and the difference between them.
Vaccine clinics for people with disability
See our list of locations and how to access vaccination services.
Some states and territories also offer services that make getting a vaccine easier for people with disability:
- Victoria – Vaccine information for people with a disability
- Queensland – People with disability, including care facility residents
- Australian Capital Territory – Vaccine information for people with disability
- Tasmania – Disability information (under 'COVID-19 vaccination information')
- New South Wales – Accessible vaccination services.
- Western Australia – Vaccine information for people with disability or who require additional support.
How do you book a vaccine appointment?
There are a couple of ways you can book in for your vaccination.
- You can find a clinic and book your COVID-19 vaccination, here.
- You can access the Easy Vaccine Access service – SMS ‘Hey EVA’ to 0481 611 382. Learn more about EVA.
- You can call your doctor (also known as a GP), and ask them if they can give you a vaccine, or if they can help you find someone close by (such as the local pharmacist) who can give you a vaccine.
- You can check if your local pharmacy can give you a vaccine.
- If you are an NDIS participant, you can ask your NDIS provider to help you.
Who can you talk to about booking assistance?
You can call us on 1800 643 787 for information or help with booking an appointment.
You can also call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080. Select option 5 to be taken through to a team that can offer services to people with disability, their carers, family or friends. This service is complementary to the Disability Gateway.
If you are an NDIS participant, you can ask your NDIS provider to help you make an appointment.
Which vaccine will you get?
ATAGI recommend which vaccine different people should get.
Can someone come with you when you get vaccinated?
Yes, it is ok if you need someone to come with you when you get vaccinated. This could be a:
- support worker
- family member
How to speak with kids about COVID-19 Vaccines
It’s natural for your child to be curious and to have lots of questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. Here are some tips for speaking with children before and after they receive a vaccine.
Department of Health and Aged Care have also worked with the Teeny Tiny Stevies to compose the catchy song, 'I Got You'.
The song and accompanying music video and children's activity kit reminds kids to wash their hands and stay home if they’re unwell.
Can your disability workers and your carers get vaccinated?
All states and territories have mandated COVID-19 vaccination for disability support workers through public health orders. Yes, it is recommended that disability workers and those who care for people with disability are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. This will assist greatly in protecting people with disability from severe disease of even death. To find the latest information from your state or territory follow the lines Follow the links below for details.
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia.
You can also read the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement recommending mandatory vaccination for disability support workers who provide supports to people with disability.
Easy Read Resources
- COVID-19 vaccination - Easy Read resources
- COVID-19 – Easy Read resources
- Person Centred Emergency Preparedness Plan
Learn more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine from the Department of Health’s website.
- Making a decision about getting vaccinated
- Getting ready for your vaccination
- After the vaccine
- Your health and safety | NDIS
- For carers, family members and guardians
- State and territory departments’ disability information
- COVID-19 Planning Resource for People with Disability
- How to do a lollipop rapid antigen test
- YouTube - Australian Government Department of Health
There is more information for you to read on your home state or territory website. Click on the link to your state or territory, below:
New South Wales: COVID-19 information for people with disability (nsw.gov.au)
The ACT: Disability - COVID-19 (act.gov.au)
South Australia: People with disability | SA Health
Northern Territory: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (nt.gov.au)
National Relay Service: 133 677
National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080 (select option 5 for disability specific help)
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): call 131 450 and ask for the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline.