People with disability and disability workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations in Western Australia, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are voluntary. However, some people with disability are at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19, so vaccinating might be the right choice for you.
What vaccines are available
There are currently 2 COVID-19 vaccines approved in Australia:
- the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 50 years and over.
- the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 50 years.
Where to get your vaccine
There are a number of ways you can get your COVID-19 vaccine:
- you can be vaccinated at your residence by a vaccination provider.
- you can be vaccinated at your residence by your GP if they are able to.
- you can go to a vaccination clinic or GP.
Here is a flowchart to help understand your options.
How to book an appointment
In your home
If you live in a residential setting of 2 or more people with disability, the Australian Government vaccine providers will contact you or your disability provider. They will arrange a time and date for a vaccination team to come to your home.
If everyone in your house is over 50, your local Primary Health Network (PHN) will contact your disability provider. Your provider can then arrange for a GP to come to your home to give you the vaccine.
At a vaccination centre
To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, use the Roll up for WA COVID-19 Vaccination Website. If you prefer to book appointments directly at a participating general practice or vaccination clinic, you can contact them directly.
You can also find out about how to book in for your vaccination appointment by contacting the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.
Getting support on vaccination day
Whether you are getting your vaccination at home or you are going to a clinic or GP, you can choose if you want someone with you. This could be:
- support worker
- family member
You will still need to stay COVIDSafe and practise good hygiene and physical distancing, after getting your vaccination.
Accessing your supports and services if you choose not to be vaccinated
If a disability service provider or support worker refuses to continue providing supports to you because you decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or because you have had the vaccine, it could be a breach of the NDIS Code of Conduct. If this happens, you can make a complaint to the NDIS Commission.
Find additional information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability in these formats:
Support and services
- State and territory health departments
- Disability Gateway Helpline: 1800 643 787
- Disability Gateway website: www.disabilitygateway.gov.au
- National Relay Service: 133 677
- National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080
- Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): call 131 450 and ask for the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline.
Easy Read Information
We have put together some information for you and gathered easy read documents so you can make an informed decision and do whatever is best for you.
COVID-19 vaccination – 6 steps to approve a vaccine – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – What is the COVID-19 vaccine? – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – Who will get the vaccine? – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – Where can you get the vaccine? – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – The AstraZeneca vaccine – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – The Pfizer vaccine – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – Getting ready for the vaccination – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – What to expect when you have your vaccination – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – Giving your consent – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – Side effects you might have after your vaccination – Easy Read
COVID-19 vaccination – Other information – Easy Read