Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability.
People with disability and disability workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Some people with disability are at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19, so getting vaccinated is very important.
Deciding to get vaccinated for COVID-19
Vaccinations in Australia, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are voluntary. However, everyone must give informed consent before they can get the vaccine.
Final consent is your decision and/or the person who supports you to make decisions.
You can talk about the risks and benefits of the vaccine with your:
- health professional
- substitute decision maker.
To be vaccinated, you will need to provide consent to the person giving you the vaccination and, in some cases, your disability provider. You may need to fill out a consent form if you don’t get vaccinated by your regular GP.
Learn which vaccine you will receive
There are currently 2 COVID-19 vaccines approved in Australia:
- the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 50 years and over
- the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 50 years.
There may be some exceptions to this, depending on where you get your vaccination.
Where to get your vaccine
There are a number of ways you can get your COVID-19 vaccine:
If you live in a residential setting of 2 or more people with disability:
- you can be vaccinated at your residence by a vaccination provider we 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.
Your provider can help arrange your preferred option. We have developed a flowchart to help understand your options.
If you don’t live in a residential setting with 2 or more people with disability and are aged 50 years and over, you can also be vaccinated at:
an AstraZeneca vaccination clinic
a participating general practice
- an Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Service.
If you don’t live in a residential setting and are under 50 years, you can be vaccinated at:
- a Pfizer vaccination clinic.
How to book an appointment
In your home
If you live in a residential setting of 2 or more people with disability, the Australian Government vaccine providers will contact your disability provider. They will arrange a time and date for a vaccination team to come to your home.
If everyone in your house is over 50, your local Primary Health Network (PHN) will contact your disability provider. Your provider can then arrange for a GP to come to your home to give you the vaccine.
At a vaccination centre
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.
Getting support on vaccination day
Whether you are getting your vaccination at home or you are going to a clinic or GP, you can choose if you want someone with you. This could be:
- support worker
- family member
Your support workers
You have a choice over who you employ to support you.
You can ask your disability service provider to encourage your support worker to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
If your worker doesn’t want to be vaccinated, and this is an issue for you, contact your service provider. Your service provider will talk to about other arrangements for your support worker. This may mean finding a different support worker for you.
Accessing your supports and services if you choose not to be vaccinated
If a disability service provider or support worker refuses to continue providing supports to you because you decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or because you have had the vaccine, it could be a breach of the NDIS Code of Conduct. If this happens, you can make a complaint to the NDIS Commission.
Other priority groups
Some people with disability may also belong to other priority groups. Such as, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or people living in aged care. You can find information about the rollout for these groups here:
- Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines
- Information for aged care providers, workers and residents about COVID-19 vaccines
Support and services
- State and territory health departments
- Disability Gateway Helpline: 1800 643 787
- Disability Gateway website: www.disabilitygateway.gov.au
- National Relay Service: 133 677
- National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080
- Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): call 131 450 and ask for the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline.