Information for people with disability or additional requirement

Last Updated: 03 Oct 2022 3:06pm

People with disability or additional requirements aged five years and over can get vaccinated. Some children aged 6 months to 5 years are also eligible for a vaccine starting in September 2022.

This includes people who use Auslan, people with autism spectrum disorder, NDIS participants, those who receive a Disability Support Pension, have mobility challenges, or any other disability or additional requirements.

You can get COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters at GP clinics and pharmacies across Tasmania.

Find out which GPs and pharmacies offer vaccinations and book an appointment online or by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Additional doses for people who are immunocompromised

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.

If you have received three primary doses, it is also recommended to have a booster dose three months after your third dose, as well as a second booster, depending on the timing of your vaccinations.

Read more on the ATAGI webpage.

Your doctor can help you decide what dose or booster you should get.

Young people aged 12-15 years – a first booster of Pfizer vaccine is recommended three months after a primary course (first dose) 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.

Preparing for your vaccination appointment

Before going to a vaccination appointment, we suggest you read the My Immunisation Action Plan which:

  • makes suggestions such as bringing headphones or sunglasses with you
  • asks you to think about what clothes to wear which will make it easier for the immuniser to access your arm
  • suggests you talk about who is going to take you and how you will get to the clinic
  • has suggestions on how a child can sit comfortably while getting vaccinated.

Fill out the plan and bring it with you to your appointment. Give the plan to the immuniser who will use the information you have provided to support you through the vaccination process.

Informed consent for people with disability

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

If you choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the staff 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 information

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

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

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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.
  • Text Hey EVA to 0481 611 382. Someone from the National Coronavirus Helpline will call you back and find you a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. EVA (Easy Vaccine Access) is available every day from 7am to 10pm (AEST) with free interpreting assistance.