COVID-19 vaccination – people with disability or special requirements

Last Updated: 05 Sep 2022 1:57pm

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People with disability or special requirements aged 5 years and over can get vaccinated now.

People with disability or special requirements and their carers can visit COVID-19 vaccination or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Vaccines are also available at GPs and pharmacies.

Booster vaccines are available to anyone aged 16 years and older who has had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than three months ago.

A third primary dose vaccination is recommended for anyone who is severely immunocompromised as part of their primary course of vaccination – this is different to a booster vaccine.

Read more information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability.

For Easy Read information, please see Fact Sheets about COVID-19 vaccines in Easy Read format.

If you are a person with disability or are the carer of a person with disability, and have any questions related specifically to COVID-19 support for people with disability, you can email disability.eoc@health.tas.gov.au

Additional support at state-run vaccination clinics

Tasmania offers COVID-19 vaccination clinics that are accessible for people with disability or special requirements.

This includes people with a fear of needles or medical procedures, mental illness, anxiety or people who just need a longer appointment time.

Additional support may be available at community clinics depending on the location. Additional support at clinics include:

  • wheelchair access
  • low sensory or private space: a private room or location away from general vaccinations area
  • longer appointments: to allow extra time to calm or inform the individual and improve confidence
  • fast track: priority access on arrival to reduce waiting time in queue
  • interpreter service: professional healthcare Auslan interpreters are available (see below for more information)
  • staff who have received training by Autism Tasmania or are familiar with how to support people with disability
  • pain relief options: including topical anaesthetic cream.

You can also ask someone to be with you when you are vaccinated. This could be a support worker, family member, carer, or friend.

If you need additional support to be vaccinated, please call the Public Health Hotline on
1800 671 738.

Informed consent for people with disability

Everyone, including those with a disability and residents in disability residential settings, must provide valid consent before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the staff where you live or at the location you go for vaccination will ask you whether it is okay to give you the vaccine. It is your choice to have the vaccine or not.

If you can't give consent, someone who is allowed to make decisions for you can give consent for you.

Learn more facts and information about COVID-19 vaccines.

More support

For more help or support:

  • Call the Disability Gateway Helpline on 1800 643 787 for support with booking.
  • The National Relay Service is available for people who have trouble hearing or speaking with people who use a phone.
  • Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 and choose option ‘5’ for disability help. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Resources for people with disability

Resources for Aboriginal peoples

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination and resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, visit the Australian Government Department of Health.

How to request an Auslan interpreter

To request an Auslan interpreter at your appointment, please email tasvax@health.tas.gov.au with your name, the clinic location and time.

For information about the vaccine in Auslan, please see this series of videos in Auslan explaining and answering questions related to COVID-19 vaccinations.