COVID-19 vaccines

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 5 years and over can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and voluntary.

Getting vaccinated is important and helps protect people around you by slowing the spread of the virus.

Some people with disability are at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19.

The Australian Government website has a number of useful videos sharing information on COVID-19 vaccinations.

Staying up to date – Winter dose

An additional winter booster is recommended for other people at increased risk of severe illness, to be given 4 months after their first booster dose.

Winter doses are recommended for people who are:

  • 65 years or older
  • a resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years and older
  • aged 16 to 64 and with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
  • aged 16 to 64 with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities which increase risk of poor outcome

People aged 16 to 64 years who are not at risk of severe disease from COVID-19 are not recommended to receive a winter booster dose at this time.

Learn more about the winter dose

COVID-19 Winter dose and annual flu vaccination on the same day

COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine.

Learn more about COVID-19 and the annual flu vaccination
 

Third doses for people who are immunocompromised

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended a third 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:

How do you book a vaccine appointment?

There are a couple of ways you can book in for your vaccination.

  1. You can find a clinic and book your COVID-19 vaccination, here.
  2. You can access the Easy Vaccine Access service – SMS ‘Hey EVA’ to 0481 611 382. Learn more about EVA.
  3. 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.
  4. You can check if your local pharmacy can give you a vaccine.
  5. 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.

Read information about approved COVID-19 vaccines on the Department of Health's website.

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
  • carer
  • friend.

Read information about support on vaccination day here.

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. Follow the links below for details.

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.

Disability workers should read information about vaccines here, including information about mandatory vaccination.

Carers should read the information here.

Easy Read Resources

Access a series of fact sheets about COVID-19 in Easy Read format:

Other information

Learn more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine from the Department of Health’s website.

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)

Queensland: Disability support workers and carers: Information about COVID-19 | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

Victoria: Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Disability services sector - COVID-19 (dhhs.vic.gov.au)

Tasmania: Disability information | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

South Australia: People with disability | SA Health

Northern Territory: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (nt.gov.au)

Western Australia: Vaccine information for people with a disability or require additional support (rollup.wa.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.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines