COVID-19 Hub

People with disability face specific challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this section of our website regularly with new information and resources, as they become available.

General information

For COVID-19 news, updates and advice, go to australia.gov.au.

For the latest health alerts, case numbers and medical advice, go to health.gov.au.

SBS publishes regular updates in more than 60 languages, including English. Videos are captioned.

Disability-Focused Information

The Department of Health have created a list of vaccination hubs for people with a disability and for disability workers. For a live list visit their website and see section “Vaccination Hubs”. Alternatively you can view a PDF here (updated 7 October 2021). 

A booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will be made available for “severely immunocompromised Australians”. Click here for more information

You can call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 for coronavirus-related help and information, they are also assisting people with disability book COVID-19 vaccines. It’s available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm (AEDT).

If you need information in a language other than English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the Disability Gateway.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask to be connected to the Disability Gateway.

Australian Government Department of Health have created a video explaining the process of getting your COVID-19 vaccine for people with intellectual disability.

Amaze have created social scripts outlining the process of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Creaky Joints has information on living with chronic illness and disability during the pandemic, including specialist vaccination advice.

Asthma Australia has information for people with asthma.

First Peoples Disability Network Australia has demographic-focused information for First Nations people with disability.

Down Syndrome Australia have released a video “Australians with Down syndrome tell us why we should get the COVID-19 vaccination”. Watch it here

NSW Health has developed a ‘microsite’ where accessible resources on COVID-19 are available for people with disability.

Vaccine Information

For help getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccination visit the Services Australia website for a range of information and tailored resources:

What is the difference between a third dose and a booster?

  • A third dose usually refers to an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for severely immunocompromised Australians.
  • A booster usually refers to an additional dose for the general Australian population.

Following advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on 28 October 2021, a general population booster program will start from 8 November 2021. Boosters will be available to anyone aged 18 and over who had the second 6 months or more ago.

Original priority groups, including people in aged care and disability care settings, to be offered the option to receive a booster as a priority.

On 27 October 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for use as a booster for Australians aged 18 years and older. Although not preferred, the AstraZeneca vaccine can also be used as a booster dose:

  • for individuals who have received AstraZeneca for their first two doses if there are no contraindications or precautions for use or
  • if a significant adverse reaction has occurred after a previous Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose.

While booster vaccination is not mandatory, and the primary two-dose vaccination course provides a high level of protection against the worst effects of COVID-19, the booster dose will help to maintain high levels of protection over time.

For more information on third doses read the ATAGI statement here.

Overarching vaccine advice – for all states and territories

If you are a person with disability or a NDIS participant, 12 years and over, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you haven’t had your vaccination yet, don’t delay it. A COVID-19 vaccine will help you to protect yourself, your family and people you care for. So, book in your vaccination today and #SpeedUpVaxForPWD.

Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines can be found on health.gov.au.

All vaccines of your preference are now available to any age group with advice from your health care professional.

New South Wales

Vaccination appointments are available at more than 3000 locations across NSW including pharmacies, GPs and NSW Health clinics.

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

Some vaccination hubs (external) across NSW also offer a vaccination service for people with disability and disability workers.

Victoria

For vaccine information for people with disability visit vic.gov.au or download the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination pack.

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Victoria now has options for people to get vaccinated at home.

  • You can call your GP and ask them if they can give you a vaccine, of if they can help you find someone close by (such as the local pharmacist or GP) who can give you a vaccine.
  • You can book in your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a vaccination centre by using the online booking system (external) or calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
  • You can book in and receive Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine (depending on your eligibility) at your nearest pharmacy on pharmacy bookings website (external).
  • You can visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external) to find a location near you to book in and receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you are a NDIS participant and have a support worker, you can ask them to book an appointment for you and help you get vaccinated.

You may be able to get your COVID-19 vaccine delivered to your home if you:

  • have an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility 
  • have moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability 
  • have moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability 
  • are a carer for a person with moderate to severe disability.
  • Visit vic.gov.au for more info.

Disability Liaison Officer

You can also get help from a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO). The DLOs in Victoria help people with disability access COVID-19 vaccination.

DLOs can:

  • help book a COVID-19 vaccination
  • help organise group bookings for service providers or groups of people with disability
  • help you get a vaccination if you’re not able to attend a vaccination centre.

You can contact a DLO by either:

Queensland

For vaccine information for people with disability visit qld.gov.au.

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Queensland now has options for people to get vaccinated at home. You can discuss this with your GP or call the Primary Health Network.

  • You can call your GP and ask them if they can give you a vaccine, or if they can help you find someone close by (such as the local pharmacist or GP) who can give you a vaccine.
  • You can receive your COVID-19 vaccine at on one of the walk-in clinics (external) without any appointment.
  • You can book in and receive Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine at your nearest pharmacy on pharmacy bookings website (external).
  • You can visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external) to find a location near you to book in and receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you are a NDIS participant and have a support worker, you can ask them to book an appointment for you and help you get vaccinated.

Western Australia

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

  • You can call your GP and ask them if they can give you a vaccine, of if they can help you find someone close by (such as the local pharmacist or GP) who can give you a vaccine.
  • You can book in your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a state-run COVID-19 vaccination community clinics online via VaccinateWA (external) or by calling 13 268 43.
  • You can book in and receive Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine at your nearest pharmacy on pharmacy bookings website (external).
  • You can visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external) to find a location near you to book in and receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you are a NDIS participant and have a support worker, you can ask them to book an appointment for you and help you get vaccinated.

South Australia

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

Tasmania

For vaccine information for people with disability visit tas.gov.au (under “COVID-19 vaccination information”).

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

  • You can call your GP and ask them if they can give you a vaccine, of if they can help you find someone close by (such as the local pharmacist or GP) who can give you a vaccine.
  • You can book in and receive your COVID-19 vaccine at a community clinic (external) or by calling the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
  • You can book in and receive Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine at your nearest pharmacy on pharmacy bookings website (external).
  • You can visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external) to find a location near you to book in and receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you are a NDIS participant and have a support worker, you can ask them to book an appointment for you and help you get vaccinated.

Australian Capital Territory

For vaccine information for people with disability visit act.gov.au.

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

  • You can call your GP and ask them if they can give you a vaccine, of if they can help you find someone close by (such as the local pharmacist or GP) who can give you a vaccine.
  • You can book in your appointment online (external) or call the ACT COVID-19 vaccination booking line on 02 5124 7700, 7am to 7pm, daily.
  • You can receive your vaccine at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service by calling reception 02 6284 6222, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • You can book in and receive Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine at your nearest pharmacy on pharmacy bookings website (external).
  • You can visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external) to find a location near you to book in and receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you are a NDIS participant and have a support worker, you can ask them to book an appointment for you and help you get vaccinated.

Northern Territory

There are many ways you can make a booking to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.