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COVID-19 Information for CALD Clients

Who is eligible? 

  • Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended for all individuals 12 years of age and over.

  • All people in Australia aged 12 years old and over are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Children aged 12-15 in priority groups can book now.

  • Priority groups include children who have severe asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and other serious medical conditions; are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; live in remote communities; are on the National Disability Insurance Scheme or are living with a disability requiring frequent assistance with activities of daily living. 

Why should I get the COVID-19 Vaccination?

  • We need the vaccine to help end the pandemic, reduce the number of cases, and stop the virus from changing.

  • COVID-19 vaccines can help us get back to doing the things we enjoy.

Is it safe? 

  • COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia have been shown to be very good at protecting against severe illness and death

  • COVID-19 vaccines teach your body to recognise and fight the COVID-19 virus. They do not contain COVID-19. You cannot get COVID-19 from having the vaccines.

  •  Vaccines are a safe way of building protection against the virus in the body, without causing illness.

  •  For the best protection, you will need two doses of the same vaccine, a few weeks apart. 

I am pregnant, can I receive the COVID- 19 Vaccination? 

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women in Australia are advised to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Please click of this factsheet for more information.

How can I learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccination? 

  • If you want to talk to someone about COVID-19 vaccines, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

  • The hotline is available 24 hours every day. For phone interpreting services, call 131 450. 

  • You can learn more at the Department of Health’s website where information is available in 63 languages. Click here

  • You can also talk to your doctor.

Do I have to pay for a COVID-19 Vaccination? 

  • Everyone in Australia can get the COVID-19 vaccine for free

Do I need a Medicare Card to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination? 

  • You do not need a Medicare card if you get your vaccination at government vaccination clinics.

How do I book a COVID-19 Vaccination? 

If you require further information or your preferred language is not available on this list please call the MARSS office on 6248 8577 and we will organise a caseworker to discuss and answer any questions you may have. 

This information has been provided by the Department of Health. It can be accessed here. 

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