Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
Learn more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
For help booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment call the Disability Gateway.
Vaccines protect you
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you from getting very sick or even dying from COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated also helps protect people around you by slowing the spread of the virus.
Making a decision about getting vaccinated
A vaccine is medicine that can help you fight a virus. It can stop you getting very sick.
If you go to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the staff there will ask you whether it is okay to give you the vaccine. It is your choice to have the vaccine or not.
If you say yes, this is called consent.
If you can't give consent, someone who is allowed to make decisions for you can give consent for you.
You can learn more in our Easy Read fact sheet on giving your consent.
We have also created an Easy Read Consent form that you can use to give your consent.
Booking a vaccine
Many places offer COVID-19 vaccination.
If you want more help or support, you can call the Disability Gateway Helpline on 1800 643 787. They can make a booking for you.
You can also visit the Disability Gateway website.
If you have a question about a vaccine or how to make a booking, you can call Health Direct on 1800 022 222. They can also help you find a clinic near you, and find the clinic phone number for you too.
Or you can visit the Health Direct website.
The National Relay Service is available for people who have trouble hearing or speaking with people who use a phone.
You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Select option ‘5’ for disability help.
Vaccination hubs for people with disability and workers
See our list of locations and how to access vaccination services.
Accessible state and territory clinics
Some states and territories are offering 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
- Tasmania – Disability information (under 'COVID-19 vaccination information')
- Australian Capital Territory – Vaccine information for people with disability
- New South Wales - Accessible vaccination services.
In residential accommodation
Australian Government vaccine providers will contact your home if you live with 2 or more people with disability in either:
- disability residential accommodation
- aged care residential accommodation.
They will arrange a time and date for a vaccination team to come to your home.
See information about booster doses.
You can find a clinic and book a vaccine through the Vaccine Clinic Finder. We manage this service. It helps you find where you can get a vaccine, based on your circumstances.
You can also call the vaccination helpline for more advice on 1800 020 080.
Getting ready for your vaccination
See our Easy Read fact sheet on getting ready for vaccination.
Talk to your doctor or disability provider if you have questions or if you are concerned about getting the vaccine.
We have many Easy Read fact sheets available if you would like to read more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
You can ask someone to be with you when you are vaccinated. This could be a:
- support worker
- family member
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.
For further information, please see the ATAGI advice.
Advice should also be obtained from your doctor or specialist.
Third doses are not the same as booster doses. ATAGI are not currently recommending booster doses for people who are severely immunocompromised and have already had a third primary dose or should be getting a third primary dose.
You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if:
- you are 18 years and older, and
- have had your second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 6 months ago.
Booster program for people with disability in shared residential accommodation
The Australian Government started administering booster doses to people with disability in shared residential accommodation settings on 8 November 2021 – find out more about this program.
Booster doses can also be organised for people in these settings in other ways, as set out below.
How to get your COVID booster vaccine
All eligible people with disability, can get their COVID booster dose:
- from a GP
- at a pharmacy
- at a Commonwealth disability vaccination clinic
- at a state or territory vaccination clinic.
It is very important to reiterate that people who have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated. This means they are very well protected against serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19. But getting a booster maintains maximum protection against COVID-19.
Learn more about COVID-19 booster doses.
Information about booster doses in an Easy Read format is coming soon.
After the vaccine
Some people have side effects after they are vaccinated. Most of these don't last long and will not make you very sick. But it’s good to be aware of what you might expect.
Learn more about side effects in our Easy Read fact sheet.
If you are worried about any side effect, contact your doctor or the place where you had your vaccination.
Very rarely, a side effect could be serious. If you have a serious side effect, call 000 or go to the hospital straight away.
After your vaccination, you still need to stay COVIDSafe. This means:
- following all restrictions in your area, such as wearing a mask or staying at home
- washing your hands
- keeping space between you and other people you don't live with (called physical distancing).
For carers, family members and guardians
We have developed fact sheets explaining the different COVID-19 vaccines and preparing for the vaccine.
We also have information about giving informed consent.
The Carer Gateway has information on COVID-19 and vaccinations.
State and territory departments’ disability information
- Australian Capital Territory – Disability – COVID-19
- New South Wales – COVID-19 information for people with disability
- Northern Territory – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Queensland – People with disability: Information about COVID-19
- South Australian – COVID-19 advice for people with disability
- Tasmanian – Disability information
- Victorian – Disability services sector – COVID-19
- Western Australian – COVID-19 coronavirus: Disability services