Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Last Updated: 05 Sep 2022 1:58pm

Get vaccinated now

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 5 years and over can get vaccinated now.

ATAGI recommends a second winter dose (or fourth dose) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 50 years and over.

Adolescents aged 12-15 years – a first booster of Pfizer vaccine is recommended three months after a primary course for people in this age group:

  • who are severely immunocompromised
  • have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

Read the ATAGI Statement on first boosters in 12-15 year olds.

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
  • Participating GPs
  • Participating pharmacies.

Find a GP or pharmacy near you on the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Why to get vaccinated

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