COVID-19 vaccination – Real people stories (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

This page highlights 'real people stories' of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receiving their COVID-19 vaccines. Download the template today, to share your story across your own social media channels, with your personal reasons for why you got vaccinated against COVID-19.


Social media template

This social media template, created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, will allow you to upload your photo and then share it across your social media channels with your personal reasons why you are getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes:

"I think it's very important that all of us here in Australia should get vaccinated to protect our family and friends. To my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters, it's just as important for us to know the risks of COVID-19 but more importantly the benefits of being vaccinated and the benefits to our mob and all of us going out there and getting that jab."

Professor Tom Calma

Tom, Kungarakan Elder:

"2020 was really hard. I was not able to see my Mum who is 89 years old and who is in an aged care facility in Darwin. Now that both of us are vaccinated, I can go and spend time with her whenever I can. We must protect our Elders."

Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly, proud Worimi bloke with family ties to Biripi country:

"COVID remains an ongoing issue with all of our mob. The reason I got my vaccine was to have the ability to return home to my family in Brisbane and visit family on country. It comes down to looking after our own and making sure we remain vigilant when others may not!"

Margaret and Amiirah

Amiirah, 8 years old:

"I'm glad my nanny is getting vaccinated, so she doesn't get COVID-19 and get really sick. All you mob get vaccinated, and stay deadly like my nanny."

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP

Minister for Indigenous Australians.

“The Australian Government is focused on the safety of all our communities, but in particular our remote and vulnerable Indigenous communities. I urge all Indigenous Australians to get vaccinated. It will protect you, your family and your mob. Get your jab to keep you safe!”

Monica Barolits-McCabe

Monica Barolits-McCabe, Kungarakan woman:

"Over the past 18 months we have been isolating from family and friends, we have faced lockdowns and quarantine, sanitised, social distanced and coughed into our elbow to keep our mob safe.

We now have another way in this fight against COVID-19, to protect ourselves and help protect our Elders, family and communities so we can all reconnect. So go get your jab!"

Dr Robert Blackley

Dr Robert Blackley, AIDA Board Director and Bwgcolman man from Palm Island:

“I chose to take the vaccine to protect myself, my family, and those around me. I don’t want to die from this illness, nor do I want to harm others by spreading it. We lose too many of our people to sickness. Stay strong, stay healthy and look after each other.”

Rachael Phillips & Melinda Craigie

Rachael and Melinda:

“As educators in our community, we are committed to passing on the knowledge from our Elders to our children. By getting vaccinated, we are not only protecting ourselves, but we are leading by example and showing how we can protect our knowledge holders and our future generations.”

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