Information for people with disability or special requirement

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2021 5:58pm

Get vaccinated now

People with a disability or special requirements aged 12 years and over can get vaccinated now.

This includes people who use Auslan, autistic people, NDIS participants, those who receive a Disability Support Pension, have mobility challenges, or any other disabilities or special requirements.

People with a disability or special requirement and their carers can visit any Tasmanian community vaccination clinic to get a vaccination. Bookings are required – to make an appointment, go to 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 18 and over who has had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than four 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 about boosters and third primary doses.

Additional support at state-run vaccination clinics

Tasmania offers COVID-19 vaccination clinics accessible for people with a disability or special requirement.

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. This includes:

  • 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.
  • Bookings required – click here to make an appointment.
  • Fast track: priority access on arrival to reduce waiting time in queue.
  • Interpreter service: professional healthcare Auslan interpreters are available for people who are Deaf (see below for more information).
  • Staff who have received training by Autism Tasmania or are familiar with how to care for people with disabilities.
  • 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.

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 and we will endeavour to organise this.

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

Informed consent for persons with a disability

Everyone, including those with a 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 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 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.