COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free. They help to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. They also help to stop people catching and spreading COVID-19.
When you go to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, the health professional giving you the vaccine will ask you for your consent.
All Australians must give informed consent before having the COVID-19 vaccine. This is standard practice for COVID-19 vaccination, as well as other vaccines.
As part of the process to get your consent, the health professional may explain:
- the risks and benefits of vaccination
- the requirement to have two primary doses
- either a booster dose or a third primary dose, and
- potential side effects - among other points.
The health professional can also answer any questions you have about the COVID-19 vaccination.
You can give your consent to get your COVID-19 vaccination in writing, or in Auslan.
Giving your consent in writing is not mandatory, but some vaccination providers may ask for this in line with their normal procedures.
The Department of Health has developed a consent form. You may need to fill this out if you don’t get vaccinated by your regular general practitioner.
Final consent is your decision. If you can’t give consent, your guardian can give consent for you. A guardian is a person who can make decisions for you and might be:
- a member of your family
- a friend
- chosen for you by the government.
For more information, you can:
- visit the Department of Health website
- call the Disability Gateway Helpline on 1800 643 787
- visit the Disability Gateway website
- call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
If you need information in a language other than English, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080 and press option 8. This is a free service.
You can also call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
Australian Government, state and territory government helplines will also have information on how people with disability can access the vaccine.