The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived and is in full swing of being administered with the first rollout happening and phase 1b now underway. You’re not alone with questions on when to get the vaccine and how, so here are some answers to prepare for your vaccine.
Who can be vaccinated?
Which vaccine will I get?
- the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination), and
- a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years.
Who is in each of the groups?
- Quarantine and border workers
- Front-line health care workers in priority sub-groups
- Aged and disability care workers
- Aged and disability care residents
- Adults aged 80 years and older
- Adults aged 70-79 years
- Other health care workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years and older
- Adults 18 years and older with underlying health conditions, including those with a disability
- Critical and high-risk workers, including defence, emergency services and meat processing
- Adults aged 60-69 years
- Adults aged 50-59 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18 – 54 years
- Other critical and high-risk workers
- All other adults
- People under 18 years if recommended
Where will I get the vaccine?
If you’re in phase 1, the vaccine will be available at approximately 30-50 hospital sites around Australia, and doses will also be delivered in residential aged care and disability care facilities.
The Government will then expand to more than 1,000 places where people can get a jab, including GPs, vaccination clinics, and Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services.
What to bring to your vaccination appointment?
You should bring the following to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:
- Photo ID, if you have one.
- Medicare card, if you have one.
- Employee ID if you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine because of your occupation.
- Information about any of your medical conditions, allergies, bleeding disorders or immunocompromised (i.e. weakened immune system).
- Information about any medications you are taking.
- Information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (vaccine brand and date of vaccination).
- Information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past.
- Name of your current GP/s and any specialist doctors you see.
- A face mask (if required by your state/territory).
Disclaimer: The information above is correct at time of publishing.