COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Information

This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Information and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  - jointly prepared by NACCHO and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), answers a range of questions including:

  • Why is the vaccine being rolled out in remote communities when there were no cases there?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for Elders?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people with existing medical and chronic conditions?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy?
  • What are the likely side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Can people choose which vaccine they take?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine compulsory?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?
The above information was last updated on March 29, 2021.
For up-to-minute information regarding COVID-19 Vaccines please visit The Department of Health website.


COVID-19 vaccines common questions - prepared by the Department of Health in consultation with NACCHO. 
Who is getting the vaccine first?

  • people who have an increased risk of developing serious illness or dying from COVID-19
  • people at an increased risk of exposure, infection and spreading of COVID-19
  • people who are in a setting with high potential to spread the virus, such as health and aged care workers
  • people working in critical services, such as emergency service workers
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are a priority group. 
COVID-19 Vaccine: New recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine for ACCHOs

Information for ACCHOs answering new questions that may arise from patients about the AstraZeneca vaccine

This document has been prepared for ACCHS to assist them in responding to patients with questions about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Resources on the new updates on the COVID-19 Vaccination program:

  • A video featuring Dr Lucas de Toca from Primary Care Response to COVID-19, summarising the new information and recommendations that have arisen regarding AstraZeneca and the change in the vaccination rollout
  • Social media content to promote the new information to their followers/patients, as well as some suggested captions to use alongside them
  • A poster that can be printed and displayed in your clinics

Additional information can also be found here:

COVID-19 Vaccine: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Kit

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The Australian Government Department of Health in collaboration with NACCHO have prepared a community engagement kit that has useful information on what the Government is doing to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.

The kit includes several communications materials, such as news articles, social tiles, video scripts and other items that you can share across your networks to help keep your community safe. 

To support communication with your stakeholders, networks and communities, the Australian Government Department of Health has developed a suite of resources. Here is a guide that will provide you with the list of resources that are available to download which includes:

Here is a guide that will provide you with the list of resources that are available to download here.

There are rules that you must follow if you wish to advertise COVID-19 vaccines! As part of the Australian Government Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates the advertising of therapeutic goods in Australia.
 
Here is a fact sheet that explains how vaccine providers and other parties may lawfully advertise the COVID-19 vaccine without risking penalties for breaching the prohibition on advertising prescription medicines.
 

Further resources will be developed in the lead up to and implementation of the vaccination rollout. The Department will continue to provide regular updates and communication materials as more information becomes available over the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Implementation Plan

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This Implementation Plan is for the COVID-19 vaccination program for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age. This plan has been developed in consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, and with state and territory governments.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Communication Kit

The COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Communication Kit includes a series of templates and materials that both vaccination clinics and non-vaccination clinics will be able to use and adapt for their sites. 

Here is a formal letter providing an approval for your organisation and its members and its members to adapt Government campaign materials as necessary.

This kit will help you work through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulatory guidelines for advertising COVID-19 vaccinations. The kit includes:

If you require any other resources email: covid19vaccinecomms@health.gov.au

Other resources that you may find helpful as you roll-out vaccinations, you can access on the Department of Health website.

Information and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Pages from NCIRS NACCHO FAQs COVID-19 vaccines

This information was last updated on March 29, 2021.
For up-to-minute information regarding COVID-19 Vaccines please visit The Department of Health website.

Jointly prepared by NACCHO and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), answers a range of questions including:

  • Why is the vaccine being rolled out in remote communities when there were no cases there?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for Elders?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people with existing medical and chronic conditions?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy?
  • What are the likely side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Can people choose which vaccine they take?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine compulsory?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?
Influenza vaccination during COVID-19 - FAQs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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Developed by The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)  

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Artwork Acknowledgement

We acknowledge artist Jordana Angus for the use of her artwork ‘Stand Together For A Healthy Future’, which has been adapted for use in our materials.

 
Artwork Description:
This painting represents standing together to support each other in healthy living practices both physically and mentally. By being connected to community and staying informed on the latest reputable health advice we become stronger as a whole community. 
The impacts of coronavirus show how important it is to unite and take the steps required to keep ourselves, loved ones and our community safe; something we can apply to all areas of health and wellbeing.