COVID-19 and Vaccines

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For the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates please visit www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines.

The Department of Health also has a dedicated web page for people with disability.

Key points about the COVID-19 vaccines 

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary. You can choose whether to have the vaccination or not.
  • Most versions of the vaccine will require two doses, given at least 21 days apart.
  • You will still need to stay COVID-Safe and practice good hygiene and physical distancing, after getting your vaccination. This includes wearing masks if needed, depending on the location.
  • If you are concerned about the vaccine, talk to your GP or health care provider for more information.
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FAQ about COVID-19 vaccines
Easy Read information

COVID-19 vaccines and people with Down syndrome

Adults with Down syndrome are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Adults with Down syndrome are included in the group of people who are eligible due to “underlying medical conditions”.

People with Down syndrome are at increased risk from COVID-19 and severe COVID-19. People who are at increased risk are advised to be extra careful in protecting themselves.

Children, and young people under 16 years may be included in Phase 3 if the vaccines are approved for young people. This will be announced as more information becomes available.

Read more about Priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccines from the Department of Health here:

Understanding vaccines for people with Down syndrome

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School developed a social story to understand why it’s important to get a COVID-19 vaccine and what to expect before, during, and after vaccination.  You can find the resource here

There are a range of Easy Read resources about COVID-19 and about vaccines on the Department of Health website.

DSA Health Ambassadors Amelia and Emily discuss the COVID-19 vaccines with Infectious Diseases Specialist Professor Michael Richards.

For more information

For the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates please visit www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines

The Department of Health has information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability.

Read our FAQ on COVID-19 vaccines

Visit our Resources and Links page for more information.

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Vaccine Resources and Links

The information on this page is for information only and does not constitute medical advice. For advice on your individual or medical circumstances, please consult with your GP or a qualified health care provider. For accurate information and the latest updates, please consult the Australian Government Department of Health website www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines.