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COVID-19 Vaccine Information
An update from the ACT Chief Health Officer on the ACT Government Vaccination Program (1 June 2021)

All people with disability, disability support staff, volunteers and carers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine right now, and people with disability are welcome to book an appointment at the ACT Government vaccination clinics at any time.

The ACT Government also has designated appointment times at the new Access and Sensory clinic within the Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic. The clinic is available for people with disability and their support staff, volunteers or carer/s attending the appointment with them.

For more details, please follow this link: Important COVID-19 vaccination information for people with disability, disability support staff, volunteers and carers

 

Information on access to the Pfizer Vaccine (updated 18 May 2021)

Carers ACT has been working with the ACT government and Ministers to gain clear information and access to the Pfizer vaccine for those of you who might want this. We have received the following information that we would like to share with you.

Can carers get vaccinated at the Garran Vaccination Clinic (with Pfizer)?

Yes.  ACT Health Directorate confirm that all carers (and staff and volunteers) who accompany a person with a disability to receive their vaccination at the Garran clinic, can also receive the Pfizer vaccination regardless of the carer’s age. This is not on the basis of vaccine preference, rather the convenience of the carer and the opportunity to vaccinate. Additionally, if multiple carers and staff are attending the appointment with the person living with a disability, everyone attending is welcome to be vaccinated.

The Canberra Health Services team has been briefed to facilitate this.  If you are yet to make an appointment, please do so via the phone booking service (5124 7700) and book in the carers/staff/volunteers at the same time.  If the appointment has already been made, alert the clinic team at check-in of your wish to be vaccinated also (the team will also endeavour to offer vaccination to people accompanying a person with disability at all ACT Government clinics).

Can staff (including volunteers) and residents of residential disability care get vaccinated at the Garran Vaccination Clinic (with Pfizer)?

 Yes.  ACT Health Directorate confirm that all staff, volunteers and residents in residential disability care can get vaccinated with Pfizer at the Garran clinic, regardless of age.  If you are 50 or over please make an appointment via the phone booking service (5124 7700).

Can staff (including volunteers) and residents of aged residential care get vaccinated at the Garran Vaccination Clinic (with Pfizer)?

 Yes.  ACT Health Directorate confirm that all staff, volunteers and residents in aged disability care can get vaccinated with Pfizer at the Garran clinic, regardless of age.  If you are 50 or over please make an appointment via the phone booking service (5124 7700).

The health staff at Garran have been trained to provide access support for those people with physical or cognitive disability or sensory disorders. Please discuss the needs of the person you care for when you call for an appointment so the clinic can be prepared when you arrive.

 

The ACT Government Vaccination Program (updated 3 May 2021)

The ACT Government vaccination program has been recalibrated in line with national decisions and has also expanded operation to all phase 1a and 1b groups, as well as everybody over the age of 50.

From 3 May 2021, the Garran COVID-19 Mass Vaccination clinic will administer the Pfizer vaccine only.  This clinic is now offering appointments to all people aged 16 to 49 who are eligible under phase 1a and 1b.

People who are over the age of 50 are encouraged to use the Australian Government eligibility checker to book an appointment through a participating GP or Commonwealth funded GP respiratory clinic. Participating GPs are already providing vaccinations for people in phase 1a and 1b, however most will also start providing vaccinations for all people aged 50-69 from 17 May, while the respiratory clinics will offer appointments from 3 May.

 

A new ACT Government vaccination clinic (updated 3 May 2021)

A new Calvary Public Hospital COVID-19 vaccination clinic has also opened.  This clinic is also administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to all adults aged over 50 years. This clinic will supplement the Commonwealth Government’s AstraZeneca program which is being led through GPs and GP respiratory clinics in the ACT.

The two ACT Government clinics, each delivering a specific COVID-19 vaccine, will increase the capacity and assist eligible members of the public to get their COVID-19 vaccinations safely and quickly.

 

How to make an appointment 

For detailed information on how to book a vaccination appointment please refer to the following ‘Booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment’ factsheets. This includes information on the new ACT Government vaccination clinic online booking system.

Factsheet_Booking a COVID19 vaccination appointment (General) 300421

Factsheet_Booking a COVID19 vaccination appointment (Disability) 030521

 

Covid-19 Vaccines are FREE

There have been instances of people being contacted by phone and asked to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a SCAM. The vaccines are being provided free by the Commonwealth. If a person calls you and asks for money for the vaccines – even if they say they are from ACT Health – don’t give them any of your details. Take a note of the number, hang up and report it to the ACCC’s Scamwatch website at www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam, or you can call them on 1300 302 50.

For more details, check this information sheet: COVID-19 Vaccinations are FREE

 

To talk to someone about the vaccine  please call the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080.

 

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