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.
COVID-19 vaccines and people with Down syndrome
Adults with Down syndrome are eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1b.
Phase 1b started on Monday 22 March, 2021.
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 or 18 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 Phase 1b 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
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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.