You’ve probably seen on TV or social media information about the COVID-19 vaccines. The Federal Government is in charge of making sure everyone in Australia gets the COVID-19 vaccine, and that people who need it most are able to get it first. These priority groups include healthcare workers, aged care or hospital staff, the elderly, people living with a disability and First Nations Australians. For more information on these groups head here.
If you’re in one of these groups, now is the perfect time for you to look into getting your vaccine if you haven’t already! You can check your eligibility and find a clinic here.
Remember, as with any medical decision, it is so important to talk it over with a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor can help answer any questions you might have.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the vaccine options available?
At the moment, there are two types of vaccines available in Australia – Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Pfizer is currently the preferred vaccine for young people 16 and over, but young people have to be in an eligible group in order to get their vaccine. The Federal Government has announced that young people can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine with consent and acknowledgement of the risks. If you’re a young person and want more information on AstraZeneca, you can book in with your doctor to discuss which vaccine option might be right for you. Head here to learn more about these vaccine options.
Do I have to get the vaccine?
The vaccine isn’t mandatory which means you can choose whether or not to get vaccinated – but the Australian Government is recommending everyone who is eligible receives a vaccine to help protect themselves and the community from the spread of COVID-19, and from getting really sick.
How do I know if I am eligible?
The Federal Government has put together a tool for you to test your eligibility here. It will also help you to find a clinic or doctor to book in with if you choose to get the vaccine.
How do I learn more about vaccine safety and the risks?
With COVID-19 remaining an ever-present issue, we wanted to make sure we had some up to date information available. While we’ve all been handling life alongside COVID-19 for a while, it’s really important to remember the steps we can take to stay safe.
- Listen to Government Health advice. You can stay up to date by through ABC News Livestream, or through news accounts like @thedailyaus on Instagram.
- Wash your hands, wear a mask and physically distance when out and about. Depending on government advice, you may have to wear a mask when leaving your house. If you live in a state that doesn’t require a mask, make sure you keep physically distancing anyway – and don’t forget to wash your hands!
- If you’ve got ANY symptoms, stay home and get tested!
- If you’re eligible, ask your doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Keep up-to-date on health advise, restrictions and lockdowns here.
Links and Resources:
We have a range of videos for kids featuring Gus the Gorilla talking about COVID-19 and some of the impacts. Take a look below and on our YouTube Channel! Head here for more of CREATE’s video resources.