Vaccination Information

We are committed to helping our clients and the community stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), while maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing.

People with disability and disability workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Some people with disability are also at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19, so getting vaccinated is very important.

To book and check your eligibility, go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

For more information tailored for people with disability, you can also refer to the Department of Health website. Resources include:

Easy Read resources - A series of fact sheets about COVID-19 vaccines in Easy Read format.

Auslan videos - Collection of videos explaining Australia's COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT

You can get the vaccine now if you are 40 years of age or older, or match the eligibility criteria because of your job, health issues or if you are caring for a vulnerable person.

NSW Health vaccination clinics and participating general practices across the state are open for COVID-19 vaccination bookings.

To check your eligibility and book an appointment at a location near you, use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker on the Australian Government website.

If there are no bookings available at a location near you, please continue to visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker as more vaccination appointments will soon become available.

Latest Advice from NSW Health

With new COVID-19 vaccine developments every day it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. That’s why NSW Health has provided us with accurate, evidence-based answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

You may also be asking “why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19”? If yes, jump over and learn more about the health, social and economic benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19.

For further independent, trusted advice the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) answers your questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Check out the latest NCIRS Frequently Asked Questions.

We’ve also created the below FAQs to help clients and the community find the answers you need.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

Is the vaccine mandatory?

- No, but Unisson strongly encourages that everyone gets it (when available) for the safety of the people we support and the community.

- We will work with clients and families about understanding the vaccine to get consent before it’s rolled out.

How do I know if I’m eligible to receive a vaccine and where do I go to get it?

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

How do I prepare for my COVID-19 vaccination?

Make sure your details are up to date with Medicare if you are eligible. (Note that you can still have a COVID-19 vaccine if you are not eligible for Medicare).

Should I attend my vaccination appointment if I’m unwell with COVID-19 symptoms?

No! You should not attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:

- are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose, or other symptoms that

- could be from COVID-19

- are awaiting COVID-19 test results

- have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation

- are in quarantine

- are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Is one type of COVID-19 vaccine more effective than another?

Providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for everyone in Australia is a priority for the Australian Government. The TGA assesses all COVID-19 vaccines before they can be used in Australia.

The TGA will only register a vaccine if its benefits are much greater than its risks. This means every vaccine available in Australia has been proven to protect against COVID-19.

Clinical trials for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have shown that these 2 vaccines are effective in preventing:

- development of COVID-19 symptoms and

- protecting against severe disease.

After I’ve had my vaccine, how do I prove my vaccination status?

Once you’ve had your vaccine, you can get your immunisation history statement using your Medicare online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account or a Medicare online account you can also call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

Can I still get COVID-19 if I’ve already been vaccinated?

Yes, you can. The COVID-19 vaccination is not a cure-all or complete substitute for safe behaviour. It should supplement other public health rules and guidelines. After you’re vaccinated, COVID-safe measures remain in place, including testing, contact tracing, and self-isolation.