Australians with Down syndrome tell us why we should get the COVID-19 vaccination
October 28, 2021
Down Syndrome Australia recently asked Australians with Down syndrome why they got the COVID-19 vaccine, and why they think everyone else should too.
Some of their reasons included so they don’t get sick, so they don’t go to hospital, so they can see their friends again, and to keep their friends and family safe.
People with Down syndrome are more susceptible to developing severe symptoms from COVID-19, which could lead to hospitalisation.
People with Down syndrome 12 years and older are currently eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccination in Australia, with applications underway to have the vaccine to be approved for children aged 5-11.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) has approved COVID vaccine booster shots six months after receiving their second dose. They have noted that people at greater risk of severe COVID-19 are the highest priority group for booster vaccinations.
It is advisable to talk to your GP or a health professional if you are uncertain about having the COVID-19 vaccine, and they will help you decide if it is the right decision for you or your family member with Down syndrome.
This video was produced in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Health.