Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines

Learn more about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Booking assistance

For help booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment call the Disability Gateway.

1800 643 787

We also have information about COVID-19 vaccines in:

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. 

Getting help

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:

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.

Somewhere else

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.

Find a clinic and book

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
  • carer
  • friend.

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.

Booster doses

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.

Go to the clinic finder page to book your booster dose

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:

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

Last updated: 
29 November 2021

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