Questions You Might Have About COVID-19 Vaccinations
In the Australian Government’s effort to provide everyone with access to safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19, an initial roll-out of vaccinations began in late February. Here are some basic questions about the vaccine that you may be asking yourself while you’re considering your options:
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine has currently been rolled out, but as it is still in limited quantity, it is being rolled out in phases where priority is given to higher-risk groups. For people with disability, the highest priority group is those in residential services and disability care group homes.
Following this group are people with disability with underlying conditions that put them at greatest risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19, such as being over the age of 70 or having medical conditions such as multiple comorbidities, chronic lung disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others.
It should be noted that family members of those who fall into the high priority category are not classified as belonging to the priority group themselves.
To ensure that those who need access to the vaccines most get them first, the Department of Health has an online Vaccine Eligibility Checker, which will allow you to see in which phase you’ll be able to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
Should I consider getting vaccinated?
Firstly, COVID-19 vaccines are free and voluntary for everyone in Australia, which means it is entirely your choice to be vaccinated and it will be of no cost to you.
Where do I get vaccinated?
People with disability living in group residential support settings will be vaccinated at their residence by in-reach vaccination teams managed by the Australian government. In the interest of making the vaccine accessible to everyone, however, once the supply increases the vaccine should be available in GP respiratory clinics, general practices meeting specific requirements, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies.
Who do I speak to if I have questions?
Fortunately, the Department of Health has a website with all the information you need to know right now. As with any treatment, it’s best to consult your doctor regarding your medical condition and see if the vaccination is right for you
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