COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and voluntary and is being progressively rolled out in 2021.

Some people with disability will be offered the vaccine first who are at greater risk of catching the virus or getting very sick if they catch the virus. The Department of Health has more information about who is eligible for the vaccine earlier and how they will get it.

Visit the Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine information for people with disability

If you are a Disability Service Provider visit the Department of Health disability service provider page.

Vaccination options for people with disability

Who is eligible?

  • All adults aged 40 and over.
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49.
  • Adults aged 18-39 can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • People with disability living in residential disability accommodation and workers.
  • All NDIS participants aged 16 year and over, and carers aged 16 years and over of NDIS participants.
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability.

Where to get the vaccine?

If you are a person with disability living in a residential setting of two or more people with disability:

  • you can be vaccinated at your residence by a vaccination provider the Commonwealth will organise
  • you can be vaccinated at your residence by your GP if they are able to
  • you can go to a vaccination clinic or a GP
  • you can go to a provider-led hub.

If you are a person with disability and don’t live in a residential setting with 2 or more people with disability and are aged 60 years and over, you can also be vaccinated at:

  • an AstraZeneca vaccination clinic
  • a participating GP
  • an Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Service.

If you are a person with disability and don’t live in a residential setting and are under 60 years, you can be vaccinated at:

  • a Pfizer vaccination clinic
  • a participating GP.

NDIS Provider Led Hub

If you are a person with disability living in a residential setting of two or more people with disability, you can access the vaccine at a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider-led hub.

Hubs are being established by NDIS disability providers as needed across state and territories and partnering with Commonwealth vaccination providers, Aspen and HealthCare Australia.

NDIS providers in the vicinity of the hubs will be contacted directly as hubs open to confirm access arrangements for participants, their carers and workers.  

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. If you prefer to book appointments directly at a participating general practice or vaccination clinic, you can contact them directly.

You can also find out about how to book in for your vaccination appointment by contacting the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.

Vaccination options for disability support workers and carers

Who is eligible?

  • People who provide care, support or services, whether paid or unpaid, in any of the following disability care jobs or settings are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

    • in-home disability care
    • respite disability care
    • residential disability accommodation
    • community disability care, including centre-based care and day programs
    • carers or support workers for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants
  • Other people who regularly engage with people with disability are also eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, such as:
    • volunteers
    • onsite administrative staff
    • cleaners, kitchen staff and other ancillary staff
    • students on placement
    • supported employment providers
    • conducting regulatory activities
    • providing advocacy services
    • providing transport
    • in an educational, employment, or recreational setting.
  • If you are a carer or support volunteer for someone with an underlying medical condition, you are also eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Where to get the vaccine?

In-reach

Where Commonwealth vaccination providers are providing in-reach for residents of disability accommodation, staff on shift at that time can receive the Pfizer vaccine, if they choose to do so.

State and territory clinics

Residential disability accommodation workers can get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at state and territory vaccination clinics. Refer to the eligibility checker for available clinics in your state and territory. 

Primary care clinics

Disability workers can access a COVID-19 vaccine at:

  • state and territory clinics
  • general practices (GPs)
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service
  • Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic (GP respiratory clinics)
  • Community pharmacy

Refer to the eligibility checker for available clinics in your state and territory.

Sonic ‘pop’ up Pfizer clinics for disability workers under 60

Disability workers under 60 years can book an appointment at dedicated vaccination clinics, run by SONIC Healthcare in Sydney, New South Wales.  

The Sydney clinics are:

  • Blacktown: open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week
  • Campbelltown: open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week
  • Macquarie Park: open from 2pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Appointments can be made via the Sonic Healthcare vaccinations website.

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, use the eligibility checker. If you prefer to book appointments directly at a participating general practice or vaccination clinic, you can contact them directly. 

You can also find out about how to book in for your vaccination appointment by contacting the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.

A flowchart is available on the Department of Health Website to help you understand your vaccination options.

Information in Easy Read

All current information is available and downloadable on the Department of Health website.

The Australian Government is reviewing the COVID-19 vaccination program rollout. These Easy Read fact sheets will be updated with the new rollout details as soon as possible.

Information in Auslan