COVID-19 vaccine information for people with disability, support staff, volunteers and carers
People with disability, support staff, volunteers and carers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine right now.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a safe and effective way to protect you from becoming very sick if you catch COVID-19.
You can make a booking for a Pfizer vaccination, regardless of age*, at the Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic or Canberra Airport COVID-19 vaccination clinic if you’re:
- a disability residential accommodation staff, resident or volunteer
- a person with disability
- a carer of a person with disability and attending the same vaccination appointment as the person you care for. Please read Important information for carers.
Our team can accommodate individual needs at the appointment, including whether you’d like to be booked in at the Access and Sensory clinic.
After your first dose, you will need a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 21 days later to complete the vaccination schedule.
It is important that you get two doses of the vaccine.
People may not be fully protected until 7-14 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.
Please ensure you wait at least 7 days (previously 14) between a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and most other vaccines, including the flu (influenza) vaccine. This is a precautionary recommendation that allows for proper safety and monitoring of vaccines. Read the latest advice on the timing between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines.
Access and Sensory clinic
To better support individual needs, designated appointment times are now available at the Access and Sensory clinic, within the Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic.
The Access and Sensory clinic is open:
- Tuesday 8am to 12pm
- Thursday 2pm to 5pm
The clinic is available for people with disability and their support staff, volunteer or carer attending the appointment with them.
The Access and Sensory clinic offers:
- a quieter space
- longer appointment times
- a separate entrance so you don’t need to enter the waiting area
- vaccinations for support staff, volunteer or carers attending the appointment at the same time as the person with disability*
- an accessible entry point for wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.
Please communicate any other assistance you may need at the time of making the appointment.
Do I need to book in at the Access and Sensory clinic?
The Access and Sensory clinic provides designated appointment times to support individual needs for people with disability and their support staff, volunteers and carers.
It’s entirely optional to use the clinic.
You may wish to make an appointment at a GP or at another ACT Government COVID-19 vaccination clinic to get your COVID-19 vaccination.
Further information on how to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment is available on Booking your COVID-19 vaccination.
Making an appointment
To make an appointment at the Access and Sensory clinic please call the ACT COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Line on 02 5124 7700 (select option 3) between 7am to 7pm, daily.
We will ask for the details of each person attending the appointment, and any support or assistance needed. We’ll also confirm with you that informed consent is provided before vaccination.
The booking agent can also provide details on best access for parking and answer questions about what to expect during your appointment.
The Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic is located at 123 Kitchener Street, Garran.
Accessible parking is available at the entrance to the Access and Sensory clinic.
Providing informed consent for COVID-19 vaccinations
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary.
As with all vaccines, you need to give your informed consent before each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Informed consent means that you have been given information about the benefits and risks of the specific vaccine you are going to receive, and you agree for the immunisation provider to give you the vaccine.
People with disability, who can self-consent to getting the COVID-19 vaccination, can provide their consent verbally at the time of their vaccination appointment.
Where consent is required from a carer or guardian, or for anyone who may be overwhelmed by questions regarding consent at the time of the appointment, the national COVID-19 consent form can be completed and shown to the nurse at time of the vaccination appointment.
For more information, please see Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccination.
Important information for carers
All carers are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination as part of phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program:
- Carers aged under 60 years of age can get vaccinated any time at the Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic.
- Carers aged 60 years and over can book their COVID-19 vaccination at a GP or the ACT vaccination clinic at Calvary public hospital in Bruce.
- If a carer is aged 60 years and over, they can attend the Garran clinic with the person that they care for and be vaccinated at the same time. This is not based on vaccine preference – it’s an opportunity for the person with disability and their carer to be vaccinated together in the same space, at the same time.
- If a carer is aged 60 years and over, and also works or volunteers in disability residential care, they can book in at the Garran clinic (via phone booking only) at any time.
*The decision for people with disability and their carers to get the Pfizer vaccine is based on a range of factors including the proportion of people aged under 60, and therefore eligible for Pfizer.
It is not based on vaccine preference, but an opportunity for the person with disability and their carer to be vaccinated together.
Due to the shorter interval required between doses (3 weeks for Pfizer and 12 weeks for AstraZeneca), we’ve prioritised people with disability and their carers to be fully vaccinated faster, which assists in attaining full vaccination.