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COVID-19 vaccination information

What to do if you test positive

COVID care self-checker

If you suspect or have learned you are positive for COVID-19 and you’re unsure what kind of care you may need, you can use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 self-checker.

It is a clinical self-assessment tool designed to help you understand what healthcare you may need based on your symptoms and other risk factors. Once you complete the form, you’ll be presented with recommended next steps and self-care information.

Close contacts, quarantine and testing

Mandatory COVID-19 isolation periods and COVID-19 quarantine conditions were scrapped across Australia from 14 October 2022.

Employees or children as close contacts

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, some employers or education settings may impose restrictions or conditions on people who are close contacts. You may be required to notify your employer or education provider if you become a close contact. You should follow any additional requirements put in place by your employer or education provider to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Vaccination

Booking a COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccines currently available

Four COVID-19 vaccines are currently available in Australia. Visit the links below to access the Australian Government’s Department of Health advice on:

Vaccination after infection with COVID-19

Even if you’ve had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated. You are far less likely to get severe disease should you get COVID-19 again if you have been vaccinated.

You should wait 3 months after confirmation that you had COVID-19 before receiving your next COVID-19 vaccine dose (including any booster) and then get your next scheduled dose as soon as possible after this period.

You must not attend a vaccination appointment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Vaccinations for children and young people

Children aged 6 months to 5 years

Children aged 6 months to under 5 years who are immunocompromised, have a disability or existing health conditions can get vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes children who have heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cerebral palsy, or down syndrome.

Your child can get their COVID-19 vaccine at your local doctor or pharmacy. If you need help to book, you can call 13COVID (13 42 68). You can also call the National Coronavirus Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

Vaccination for people with disability

Everybody is at risk of getting COVID-19. Most people will only develop mild illness and recover. Others can get very sick and may need to go to hospital.

Some people with disability could have more serious complications if they get sick with COVID-19, depending on the nature of their disability and other medical history.

Talk to your service providers and health professionals to develop a plan for your own personal health and safety.

In-Home Vaccination Access

If you have not had the COVID-19 vaccine, and need assistance to get vaccinated in your home, there are a number of ways for you to get the vaccine:

  • you can speak to your GP or other health provider and ask for assistance. They may be able to come to your home to vaccinate you or organise for someone else to do so
  • you can call the Primary Health Network in your area and talk to them about your needs and ask for assistance
  • Primary Health Network
  • you can also call 134 COVID (13 42 68)
  • and ask for assistance
  • if you are deaf or hard of hearing, please contact the National Relay Service on 1800 555 727 and ask to be directed to a health service. They can connect you to 134 COVID (13 42 68).

COVID-19 kit for support coordinators

These free downloadable resource contains a range of useful checklists, contacts and templates for support coordinators to help NDIS participants, their families and carers manage risks associated with COVID-19.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) Vaccination Payments

SIL providers can submit a claim once an NDIS participant has received all required doses to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The invoice for the $150 payment to the NDIA has to be made within 28 days of the final vaccination appointment. The NDIA website has more information about how SIL providers can claim for this support.

Vaccine booster information

You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you:

  • are 16 years and older, and
  • had the second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 3 months ago.

This also includes:

  • women who are pregnant
  • severely immunocompromised people who received a third dose as part of their primary course at least 4 months ago.

Booster doses are not mandatory, however they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19. Individuals can find out how to book their booster dose at the Australian Government’s Health Direct.

Vaccination in the workplace

Fair Work Coronavirus Advice

The Fair Work Ombudsman publishes guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. They have up to date information on:

  • COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace
  • Shutting workplaces quickly because of lockdown
  • Pay, leave and stand downs
  • Returning to work
  • Health and safety
  • Alternative work arrangements
  • Ending employment and redundancy
  • Changes to workplace laws during coronavirus
  • Tools and help during the pandemic
  • Access up-to-date information.

Queensland Human Rights Commission: Vaccination and your rights fact sheet

This information is a general overview of your individual rights in relation to vaccination requirements which may be imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not legal advice and does not provide information about current restrictions.

Mandating vaccinations for employees or volunteers

Pro Bono Australia has examined the pressing ethical matters surrounding mandating COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace. The Australian Government has advised that, in the absense of specific health orders, it’s up to business to decide. The article examines previous vaccine mandates in Australia, promoting choice, making it fair for employees, and summarises potential approaches.

Institute of Company Directors: Free vaccination policy samples

The Institute of Company Directors has released free resources for organisations looking to outline specific policies around vaccination as we move into a new stage of the pandemic. The purpose of these resources is to outline the strategies and actions that your organisation intends to take to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases through the use of vaccination.

You can modify the resources below for use in your organisation:

Australian Government COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) closely monitor adverse events for suspected side effects in vaccines used in Australia. You can learn about the TGA’s COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring and reporting activities or report a suspected side effect.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme is a federal scheme enabling eligible claimants who have received a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine to obtain compensation for recognised moderate to severe vaccine-related adverse events.

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination verifies that a person is up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

There are 3 different types of proof available that you can get for free:

  • a COVID-19 digital certificate
  • your immunisation history statement (IHS)
  • an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for overseas travel.

The COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be viewed or printed through:

Services Australia’s online resource centre contains information about how people can get proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations, including tailored guidance for Australians to set up their online accounts, and access and store their vaccination proof.

Resources to support community organisations

Queensland Health COVID-19 resources

These Queensland Health asset libraries provide a range of sharables that will help you to promote and communicate the vaccine to minimise service delivery disruptions, and encourage people to protect their family, colleagues and the community from serious illness caused by COVID-19:

Australian Government Department of Health resources

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