Get vaccinated to protect Mob

Getting vaccinated is the best way you can ensure that you, your family, your Mob and Community are protected against COVID-19.

Updated 22 April 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at a higher risk of developing severe illness associated with COVID-19. This is due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease that exists within our Communities. That is why it is so important that protect ourselves, our families and Community by getting vaccinated as soon as we’re eligible.

Who is eligible

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 years and over are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. For the best protection from COVID-19 infection, stay ‘up to date’ with your vaccinations.

In April 2022, this means:

  • 16 years and over: a primary course of 2 vaccines, plus a booster dose 3 months later
  • Children and adolescents 5-15years: a primary course of 2 vaccines
  • Severely immunocompromised individuals aged 5 years and older: a 3rd dose 2 months after your 2nd dose.
  • A fourth dose or ‘Winter Booster’ is now available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older, residents of aged care or disability care facilities and people age 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise (as defined in this ATAGI statement)
Tony Armstrong pictured wearing a yellow beanie and  black t-shirt ,sitting in a chair while being vaccinated by a female nurse with a black jumper.

Media personality, former AFL football player and proud Barranbinya (NSW) man, Tony Armstrong, receiving his COVID-19 vaccination at VAHS, 2021.

Children aged 5 to 11 years old must be accompanied by a parent/kinship carer/guardian who can provide consent for the vaccination. The recommended schedule for vaccination in this age group is 2 doses, 8 weeks apart.

Even if you have had COVID-19 it is still important to get vaccinated. The natural protection your provided after being sick with COVID-19 will decrease over time. Getting vaccinated when you are well enough to do so will give you the maximum protection against further COVID-19 infections. More information here.

Booster doses

For people 16 years and over you will need to get a booster from 3 months after your second dose to ensure you remain protected from getting really sick from COVID-19.

A fourth dose or ‘Winter Booster’ is now available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older, residents of aged care or disability care facilities and people age 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise (as defined in this ATAGI statement)

Where to get vaccinated

You can book an appointment at any state-run vaccination centre in Victoria, your local pharmacy or GP, or contact your local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for information and/or to book an appointment.

You can also find your nearest vaccine clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder here.

VACCHO’s ACCO COVID-19 Vaccine Vans are travelling around Victoria providing additional vaccination resources and support to our Member organisations.

Find out if a Vaccine Van is coming to your nearest ACCO here.

For more information visit the Vaccine Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people webpage on the Coronavirus website.

If you are very sick or your symptoms persist or get worse, please ensure you seek medical attention immediately by contacting your doctor or going to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Aboriginal

COVID Infoline

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Do you have questions about COVID-19?

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