THE COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM
There are three vaccines approved by the Australian Government, to treat against COVID-19:
- Children aged 5 to 11 can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is a third of a dose given to people 12 and over.
- The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as the preferred vaccine for people aged 12 to 59 years.
- The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for people aged 18 and over. People aged 18 to 59 years will need to make an informed decision by speaking with the vaccination provider at their appointment.
The Government now recommends 3 doses of the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary. You can choose whether to have the vaccination or not.
Information about vaccination is changing frequently. For this reason, it is best to consult Government websites for up-to-date information.
There are several resources that outline information about the vaccine, information specific to people with disability, and how you are able to access the vaccine in South Australia.
Accessible Information about the Vaccine
The Australian Federal Government has prepared several resources. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination please visit the Department of Health website page:
- vaccination information for people with a disability. This includes general information about the vaccines, consent and information about making bookings. A contact number is listed for booking an appointment through the Disability Gateway. Auslan videos are included.
- Information for support workers on consent. You can also contact DACSSA to discuss what consent means and how it might apply to your situation.
- Easy-read resources
- Information in Your Language translations of information about Covid-19 vaccination in over 60 languages
General Information about the Vaccine
A summary of information has been compiled by the SA Government about the Vaccine and SA rollout. It provides information to assist you in making an informed decision about vaccination, and information to support your decision. Included are links to more specific information for people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, accessible reads, Frequently Asked Questions, health information and mental health support.
- Who can get vaccinated (https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/who-can-get-vaccinated#covid19-vaccines-priority-rollout)
- Detailed information about the types of vaccines available
IF I CHOOSE NOT TO GET THE VACCINE?
COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary and you can decide whether you want to be vaccinated or not.
Information regarding vaccination of disability service providers and support worker have been changing rapidly. For up to date information we recommend you access Government resources.
If you are concerned about a disability worker in breach of conduct, you can access more information from the NDIS website NDIS Code of Conduct (NDIS Providers). In this case, a complaint can be made to the NDIS Commission. You can call DACSSA to discuss any concerns on 0871226030.
For more information
Australian Government, state and territory government helplines will be have information on how people with disability can access the vaccine.
National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline
If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Services to assist with accessing the above numbers
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): For translating and interpreting services call 131 450 and ask for the helpline you would like to be connected to.