May

07

2021

COVID-19 vaccines fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Healthy North Coast has developed a simple one-page fact sheet with 8 questions and answers for our local communities.

Many of our people live with chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease and have a higher chance of becoming very sick or dying from COVID-19. Also, many of us live together with many people in the same house and there is more chance of COVID-19 being passed on.

Free vaccinations are now available through your local Aboriginal Medical Service or GP for our people aged 50 and over or anyone over 18 years with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart and lung conditions. To find out if you are eligible have a yarn with an Aboriginal Health Worker, nurse or GP at your local Aboriginal Medical Service or your local GP.

Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over will be given the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine will be given to people under 50. It’s already been given to some of our mob who were at high risk of becoming very sick if they got COVID-19, such as our Elders and those with chronic health conditions.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been given to people from other First Nations communities, including First Nations Elders and those with chronic health conditions around the world. There are no particular safety concerns for First Nations people including Elders and those with chronic health conditions.

If you are breastfeeding or planning pregnancy you can have the Pfizer vaccine.

If you are pregnant, it’s not usually recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because pregnant women weren’t included in COVID-19 vaccine testing. You may still choose to be vaccinated, especially if you are at risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19. It’s important to yarn to your Aboriginal Health Worker, nurse or GP about your situation to find out what is best for you.

All vaccines can have side effects. You may feel sore where the injection went in, feel tired, have a headache, sore muscles or a fever. The side effects can start on the day of your vaccination or the day after and should go away after 2–3 days.

The vaccines don’t completely stop people from getting COVID-19 but they do stop people getting very sick from it. To help protect our mob further we also need to make sure we wash our hands, cover our coughs and sneezes and cut down or quit smoking.

If you have questions or worries about COVID-19 vaccines or want to get your vaccination, talk to your Aboriginal Health Worker, nurse or GP at your Aboriginal Medical Service or your local GP.

fact sheet screenshot
Click to download

REFERENCES

  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) March 2021. Information about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People [pdf] accessed 23 April 2021
  • Department of Health Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines [online] accessed 23 April 2021

Visit www.health.gov.au for the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.