COVID-19 vaccination information

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Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit

This toolkit provides 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.

To support the toolkit you can download from the following Queensland Health asset libraries:

Indigenous stakeholder business kit

The Australian Government’s Department of Health is committed to making information about COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone in Australia, including First Nations and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To that end, it has developed a new stakeholder resource pack including the latest COVID-19 vaccine information.

Booking a COVID-19 vaccination

You can also look for a pop-up vaccination clinic at a location near you.


What to do if you test positive

New resources are available to prepare for the larger number of COVID-positive cases and the treatment of COVID-positive people, including in their homes:

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 Queensland Government’s COVID care 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.

Access the self-checker.

Close contacts, quarantine and testing

Mandatory COVID-19 isolation periods are being scrapped across Australia from 14 October 2022. Access the latest state-specific pandemic health measure advice from Queensland Health.

Here’s what to do if you test positive.

You are not a close contact if you have had COVID-19 in the past 28 days.

You are not a close contact if you live with a positive case. All asymptomatic close contacts are permitted to attend work.

Children as close contacts

Children can go to school or childcare if they are a close contact provided they do not have symptoms. You must notify the school that they are a close contact before attending and they must follow any safety requirements schools have in place. Children over the age of 12 who attend school while they are a close contact must wear a mask. Masks are recommended where it is safe to do so for children under the age of 12.

Current vaccination recommendations

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

ATAGI Advice on COVID-19 vaccination post infection

ATAGI have updated their advice on when people who have had COVID-19 should receive a subsequent vaccine dose. It is now recommended that all people should wait for 3 months after infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible after this period.

Find out more.

Vaccinations for children and young people

Young people aged 16 or 17 (or have turned 16 since having their primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine) are eligible for a booster dose. In some cases, severely immunocompromised children and young people are eligible for a 3-dose primary course.

The following resources are available to support families and children to be vaccinated against COVID-19:

Vaccinations for children and young people

Check the latest information for children, young people and parents or access the Queensland Health Vaccination FAQs.

Find a vaccination location and book here.

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 now get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

Visit the Queensland Health website for the latest advice about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Young people in a care setting

The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs (Child Safety) considers childhood immunisation an essential part of a child’s health care needs and is committed to all children in care being immunised against vaccine preventable disease, unless a doctor advises there is a medical reason for not proceeding. The emergence of COVID-19 has prompted a review of the current policy and procedure to ensure they cover vaccines that are recommended for children in care from time to time, such as those for COVID-19, that are not part of the Queensland Immunisation Schedule.

The policy and the relevant procedure have recently been updated to:

  • reflect the need for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • move from a specific focus on scheduled vaccinations to a broader application.
  • clarify the consent process, including when Child Safety staff may ask a health practitioner to vaccinate a child in the custody of the chief executive, using the authority of the Child Protection Act 1999, section 97. Please note, the consent requirements have not changed and vaccination remains a guardianship decision.
  • reflect that young people are able to consent to their own vaccinations, where a health practitioner determines they have sufficient capacity to provide informed consent. Child Safety will respect a young persons’ decision to give or withhold consent in these circumstances.

The updated policy can be accessed here. The updated procedure can be accessed here.

Consent

Where a young person is capable of making an informed decision about their immunisation, this will be respected.

Queensland Health’s Guide to Young Person Informed Consent (PDF) gives some general guidance around informed consent guidelines for different age groups.

  • Young people aged 12 – 17 years may be Mature Minors/Gillick competent. This means that a young person may be able to give consent for vaccination. This is dependent on the individual young person.
  • Children aged 5 – 11 years cannot be Mature Minors/Gillick competent. This means that a child cannot give consent for vaccination.
    • If the child cannot consent, the child’s carer or residential care worker can sign a consent form on their behalf if they are subject to the Chief Executive’s guardianship.
    • If a parent retains guardianship, Child Safety will ask that you sign this for your child (if the child cannot consent themselves) and if you are worried about the vaccine, can arrange for you to discuss this with a GP.
    • For those parents who retain guardianship and will not sign the consent form for children who cannot consent themselves, Child Safety will ask a health practitioner to assess the suitability of the child receiving the vaccine and administer the vaccine using the authority of the Child Protection Act 1999, section 97(3) (Request to medically examine or treat a child) if this is assessed to be in their best interest.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services – Child Safety acknowledges that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people may feel much more comfortable receiving their vaccine from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service and this will be facilitated as requested.

Child Safety encourages you to discuss any concerns with your child safety officer and a doctor. Current expert medical advice is clear that the vaccine is safe and appropriate for children and young people five years and older, and therefore the department accepts this advice.

For further information about the age of consent for vaccinations, please refer to Age of Consent for Vaccinations at the Queensland Health website. Child safety officers have been encouraged to have conversations with parents, carers and eligible young people about immunisation against COVID-19.

Vaccination information for people with disability

Some people with disability could have more serious complications if they were to become infected with COVID-19, depending on the nature of their disability and other medical history. Queensland Health has provided some video resources covering common topics in plain English.

Disability provider vaccination toolkit

The Australian Government Department of Health has created a set of resources designed to help disability providers promote COVID-19 vaccination to their employees. Access the communication resources.

COVID-19 vaccination hubs for people with disability

The Department of Health is regularly updating its website with new locations of COVID-19 vaccination hubs that are more accessible for people with disability.

The hubs are wheelchair accessible and many include low sensory appointment times, drop in availability (so you can attend at time that suits you), longer appointment times and some have availability for in-car vaccinations.

Find a location near you.

In-Home Vaccination Access – Information for the people you support

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. You can download this kit on the Growing Space website.

Explaining the vaccination process to people with communication difficulties

Scope Australia has developed a new resource to help explain the vaccination process to someone who has a communication difficulty. A series of images that can be used to talk about what to expect before you go for a coronavirus vaccine is available on it’s Resources page.

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.

Down Syndrome Australia resources

Down Syndrome Australia asked Australians with Down Syndrome why they got the COVID-19 vaccine, and why they think everyone else should too. Watch it here.

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 www.australia.gov.au.

The Department of Health continues to develop more translated information resources, so please check the Department of Health’s in-language resource pages regularly.

COVID-19 Booster for Adolescents

ATAGI has expanded its recommendations on the first booster dose in adolescents aged 12-15 years. ATAGI recommends that a first booster dose of the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine may be given to the following adolescents aged 12-15 years who have completed a primary course of vaccination 3 or more months ago:

  • those who are severely immunocompromised
  • those who have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • those who have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

The full recommendation, including rationale, can be found here.

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:

Find out how to add your proof of vaccination status to the Check in Qld app.

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.

Services Australia – Proof of vaccination resources for community groups

There are new resources available on the Services Australia website to help people obtain proof of their vaccination certificate. Access them here.

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, often finding they are not caused by the vaccine itself. You can learn about the TGA’s COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring and reporting activities or report a suspected side effect.

This new federal scheme will cover the costs of injuries $5,000 and above due to administration of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or due to an adverse event that is considered to be caused by a COVID-19 vaccination. Find out more at the Department of Health website.

Mandating vaccinations for employees or volunteers

Pro Bono Australia has examined the pressing ethical matters surrounding mandating COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace. The federal government says 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. Read it in full.

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. Access the fact sheet.

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:

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.

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