Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines and testing

Find information about COVID-19 vaccination and testing for people with disability.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone aged 12 years and over is eligible to get a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Carers and volunteers can help protect themselves, people they care for, and their families by getting vaccinated.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.

How do I book a COVID-19 vaccination?

There are a number of vaccination booking options available for you:

  • Pop-up clinics for people who require additional support including people living with disability, their carers, and people who may have anxiety about medical procedures. More information is available on the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus webpage.
  • Vaccination Centres: Book online or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 675 398
  • GP Clinic and Pharmacies: To find your nearest GP or pharmacy administering COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

If none of the above options are suitable, or you require additional support (such as home vaccination coordination or sedation support), we recommend contacting your local Disability Liaison Officer. Please see below contact details:

City of Monash

Email: disabilityofficer@easternhealth.org.au

Phone number: 0435 649 985

City of Glen Eira, City of Port Phillip, or City of Stonnington

Email: disabilityteam@alfred.org.au

Phone number: 0428 950 038

Bayside City Council, City of Kingston, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey, or Shire of Cardinia

Email: disability_liaison@monashhealth.org

Phone number: (03) 9792 7984

City of Frankston or Shire of Mornington

Email: DisabilityLiaison@phcn.vic.gov.au

Phone number: 0434 819 268

For more information, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health’s website.

Testing for COVID-19

Who should get tested for COVID-19?

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

People with no symptoms can also be tested for COVID-19 in very specific circumstances:

  • if they are a close contact exposed to someone known to have coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • as part of an outbreak investigation and response by the Department of Health
  • if they are a returned international traveller
  • If they have visited a high risk interstate location
  • if they are due to have surgery or a planned hospital stay
  • if they are part of a targeted testing program across an industry or group.
  • Anyone aged 12 and above who is planning on visiting Victoria’s Alpine resorts

For more information, including what to expect when having a COVID-19 test, please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/taking-test-covid-19

What are the recommendation for testing children?

For information on testing children, visit Assessment and testing criteria for coronavirus (COVID-19)

What are the symptoms for COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your local doctor.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

For more information on where to get tested for COVID-19 and current wait times, please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19

Additional Support

If you require additional support to get a COVID-19 test, we recommend contacting your local Disability Liaison Officer.

For enquiries relating to disability support at Monash Health clinics, please email disability_liaison@monashhealth.org or call (03) 9792 7984 before receiving a COVID-19 test. The Monash Health Disability Liaison can be contacted Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

You may also be eligible for the Call-to-Test option, a service which tests those eligible at home. To find out more, please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/call-to-test-covid-19

Vaccination is available by booking an appointment or by walk-in at select vaccination clinics.Learn more about booking your appointment.
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