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  • Guide for healthcare providers on getting vaccination consent

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has put together a guide for healthcare providers about getting informed consent from people. A healthcare provider giving a vaccination must get the person’s consent before vaccinating them. They must get and record informed consent for each dose of the vaccination. Consent can be either verbal or […]

  • Giving your consent for a COVID vaccination

    Friday March 19 2021

    Getting a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination is voluntary. Each person can decide whether they want to get vaccinated or not. This includes people in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The healthcare provider giving the vaccination must get your consent before vaccinating you. If you have a guardian or other decision-maker, they also need to consent […]

  • Who will get the COVID vaccine next? 

    Friday March 19 2021

    Vaccinations are starting to roll out around Australia. The first high-risk group of frontline health and quarantine workers, as well as people living and working in aged and disability residential services, have already started to receive theirs. So, who is in the next group to be offered vaccinations? The next high priority group includes people […]

  • New Easy Read resources about COVID-19 vaccinations

    Wednesday February 24 2021

    The Australian Government has developed a suite of Easy Read resources about the Pfizer vaccine and the rollout of vaccinations. There are 10 resources available online that include information on: what is the vaccine and is it safe? what the vaccine does who gets the vaccine and who gets it first? where you can get […]

  • What is the UK COVID variant?

    Thursday February 18 2021

    Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne have all had recent cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) come out of hotel quarantine and into the community. Governments have been particularly worried about these cases because they have been UK variants of the virus, which is even more contagious than the original virus. What is a variant? When viruses move from […]

  • AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in Australia

    Thursday February 18 2021

    Australia’s medical regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The Australian Government has ordered 53.8 million doses of the vaccine, most of which will be made in Melbourne. Most Australians will get this vaccine rather than the Pfizer vaccine, which will start being used at the end of February. […]

  • When will you get a COVID vaccine?

    Thursday February 18 2021

    Australians have started receiving the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The Australian Government expects 60,000 doses to be rolled out by the end of February 2021. The vaccines will be rolled out over three phases. The phases are based on who is at the highest risk of catching COVID and who is at […]

  • New COVID-19 restrictions for NSW

    Monday December 21 2020

    On Saturday 19 December, new restrictions came into force in New South Wales’ Northern Beaches Local Government Area due to a new cluster of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. As of 21 December, there are 83 cases of COVID-19 linked to this cluster. The source of the outbreak is still unknown. Many states have also closed their […]

  • How will vaccinations work in Australia?

    Tuesday December 15 2020

    Around the world, roughly 200 coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are being developed. More than 40 of these are now being trialled on humans. Australia is currently focussing on manufacturing the British-developed AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine. Fifty million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine are being developed under license in Melbourne, with the first batch expected to be […]

  • Australian-made COVID vaccine could be ready earlier than expected

    Tuesday December 15 2020

    Australia is currently focussing on manufacturing the British-developed AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine. The Government had planned to buy a vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland and pharmaceutical company CSL. However, the trials were recently cancelled after some participants returned false HIV positive results. AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine Fifty million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine […]