Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Last Updated: 03 Dec 2021 1:48pm

Get vaccinated now

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 12 years and over can get vaccinated now.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are a priority group for COVID-19 vaccines because they can be at greater risk from this disease.

Where to get vaccinated

Vaccinations are available through Aboriginal health services and Aboriginal community organisations in Tasmania.

Speak to your local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker, Health Practitioner or GP to make an appointment.

Vaccines are also available at:

  • State-run community vaccination clinics – no appointment required.
  • Participating GPs
  • Participating pharmacies.

Look at the full list of state-run community vaccination clinics or find a GP or pharmacy near you on the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

If you’d like to discuss running a COVID-19 information session or a special vaccination clinic, contact tasvax@health.tas.gov.au.

Why to get vaccinated

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a higher risk of developing serious illness from this disease.

Getting vaccinated has many benefits, including:

  • You are less likely to get sick and die from COVID-19
  • To protect your family, Elders, and community
  • The virus will have a harder time spreading in your community.

For more information, read this factsheet about COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccines are safe

COVID-19 vaccines used in Australia are safe and effective.

Millions of people here and overseas have now been vaccinated using these vaccines since the start of 2021 and there is no evidence to show long-term side effects.

Some people who get the vaccine experience minor side effects like tiredness, pain where the needle went in, or headache. These go away within a couple of days.

Other very rare side effects have been reported for each vaccine.

Talk to your doctor or health worker if you have questions about the benefits of being vaccinated.

Answers to common questions

This document contains common questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine.

More information about vaccines