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Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and over.

Read our frequently asked questions below or have a yarn to your local health worker or GP to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Can my child be vaccinated?

Currently, the vaccine is not approved for children under the age of 16. But you can provide extra protection for children, people in your care and any family and friends who can’t be vaccinated against COVID-19, by having the vaccination when it is available to you.

If you want to know more about the COVID-19 vaccine and to check if your child is up to date with their immunisations, speak to your doctor at the local health clinic. The doctor will help you make the right decision for you and your family.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination safe?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting yourself from getting really sick from COVID-19. While tests show that vaccines are good and safe, like other medications you may have a mild reaction which should go away in a few days.

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary, available to everyone in Australia and free.

Talk to your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or GP to understand the risks. They can help you make the right choice for your family.

When can parents or carers get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have been identified as a priority group for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out program. This is because they are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 if they already have a chronic disease such as respiratory illness, diabetes or renal disease.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers aged 16 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Chat with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service, GP, hospital service or respiratory clinic today to book an appointment. You can also book an appointment by registering online.

Where can I get vaccinated?

When you complete the vaccine eligibility checker, a map will show you the closest vaccine clinic to book an appointment.

The Children’s Health Queensland COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Queensland Children’s Hospital is now vaccinating eligible members of the public for COVID-19.

Vaccinations are by appointment. This is because we make up vaccination doses based on the number of bookings each day to ensure vaccines aren’t wasted. Walk-ins are only accepted if there are cancellations.

To book an appointment online, go to the Vaccine Eligibility Tracker (phone bookings not available) and choose ‘Queensland Children’s Hospital’.

Clinic location:
Children’s Health Queensland COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Ground Floor, Centre for Children’s Health Research
Corner of Raymond Terrace and Graham Street (opposite the Queensland Children’s Hospital), South Brisbane Qld 4101

Read more about what to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination.

More information

For the latest COVID-19 vaccine information call 134 COVID (13 42 68) or visit the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

What’s involved?

A healthcare worker wearing a mask, gown, eye protection and gloves (personal protective equipment) will use a nasal swab to collect secretions from the back of your child’s nose. The thin swab will be inserted about 2-3cm inside your child’s nose. The collected sample will be sent to a lab for testing.

To help reduce your child’s anxiety around being tested for COVID-19, we’ve developed a short video to help explain what happens when they’re tested. Watch the COVID-19 test video.

Will everyone have access to the vaccine – even if they live in remote areas?

Yes, the approved vaccines will be accessible to everyone in Australia. For some groups, such as children and pregnant women, we need to wait for further trials. These trials will confirm safety of the vaccine before it becomes available to them.

The Australian Government is working closely with State and Territory Governments and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to ensure the vaccine is easily accessible to everyone.

There will be many sites across Queensland where the vaccine will be available. A lot of them will be in rural and remote locations. This includes sites such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services, GP-led Respiratory clinics, GPs or state/territory health services/clinics or pharmacies.

If you live in a discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, you’ll be informed when a local vaccination hub has been established and is ready to give you your shot.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Resources

COVID-19 vaccination fact sheet poster