Getting a COVID-19 vaccine
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 years and over are eligible to receive two primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are 16 and over, it is recommended you get a third dose of vaccine 3 months after your second dose to help keep you protected against COVID-19.
If you are 30 and over, it is recommended you get a fourth dose of vaccine 3 months after your third dose to help keep you protected against COVID-19.
Your doctor is the best person to speak to about which vaccine is right for you.
People who are immunocompromised
People aged 5 years and over who are severely immunocompromised will need three primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) people aged 16 years and over who are severely immunocompromised receive a fourth dose of vaccine, 3 months after their third primary dose. This ensures people with suppressed immunity have the same level of protection against COVID-19 as the general population.
Culturally safe vaccination
- Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta)
- Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) (North Ballarat)
- Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BDAC) (North Bendigo)
- Budja Budja Aboriginal Cooperative (Halls Gap)
- Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative (Dandenong)
- Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service Inc. (Portland)
- First Peoples Health and Wellbeing (Thomastown and Frankston)
- Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative (Bairnsdale)
- Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative (Horsham)
- Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd. (Warrnambool)
- Kirrae Health Services Inc. (Purnim)
- Mallee District Aboriginal Services (Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang)
- Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland (Orbost)
- Njernda Aboriginal Medical Centre (Echuca)
- Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation (Sale and Morwell)
- Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative (Shepparton)
- Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative (Geelong)
- Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (Fitzroy and Epping)
Information for people who have recovered from COVID-19
If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s still important to get vaccinated, including getting any booster doses you are eligible for. An infection with COVID-19 will provide some natural immunity, but it will decrease over time. Vaccination is important to get maximum protection against further COVID-19 infections.
People aged 5 and over who have had COVID-19 and are due for their next dose of COVID-19 vaccine should wait 3-months from testing positive before getting their next vaccine dose.
Who you can talk to if you have questions
If you have concerns about your health and getting the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your doctor or your local Aboriginal health service.
You can also call the free COVID-19 National Helpline on . Open 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, you can call this number and have a yarn with culturally safe staff who can answer your questions and direct you to support services.
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COVID-19 vaccines, fertility and pregnancy
Currently, there’s no evidence to show that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility in women or men.
You can get a vaccine if you are:
- trying to become pregnant, or
- already pregnant, or at any stage of your pregnancy.
In fact, the risk of getting very sick due to COVID-19 is much higher for pregnant people and their unborn babies.
Getting vaccinated while pregnant may even help give your baby some level of protection from COVID-19.
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Stay COVIDSafe, even after your COVID-19 vaccine
Even after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to be COVIDSafe.
Remember, there's some people that cannot get vaccinated for some medical reasons, so staying COVIDSafe helps keep them safe.
Get tested for COVID-19 if you:
- feel even a little unwell
- have been in close contact with someone who might have COVID-19.
Then, stay home until you receive a negative result.
To stay COVIDSafe:
- wash your hands with soap and water often, or use hand sanitiser when you can't wash your hands
- keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (physically distance)
- wear a face mask inside where asked, or when you can't physically distance
- cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Don't go to a vaccine appointment if you feel unwell or think you may have COVID-19.
Reviewed 29 December 2022