COVID-19 Immunisation Update: Important information for Community Mob

Posted on: 06 Apr 2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be able to get the COVID-19 immunisation soon. The immunisation will probably be available to people 50 years old and over in April 2021. 

The immunisation has been given to millions of people around the world. It is one way to help protect you and your community from the COVID-19 sickness. 

The Katherine West Health Board mob will come to communities to yarn about the immunisation, and the clinic mob will also be yarning to you about it at the health centre. 

Who gets the COVID-19 immunisation? 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are 50 years or older can get the COVID-19 immunisation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 18 to 50 will be able to receive the COVID-19 immunisation soon. Clinic mob will let you know.

Pregnant women and children under 18 years old can’t get the immunisation. 

When can I get it? 

The immunisation will probably come to your community in April. Yarn with the Clinic mob when you are there. 

How many needles? 

You will need to get two needles but you will have to wait before you get the second needle. The Clinic mob will yarn with you and give you a card to tell you when to come back for your second needle. 

You can’t have any needles 2 weeks before, or 2 weeks after you get your COVID-19 immunisation. 

What about the flu virus? 

You will still need to have the flu needle to keep you safe from the flu virus. This is a different needle. 

Who can give me the immunisation? 

At KWHB, our Doctors, Nurses and Aboriginal Health Practitioners can only give immunisation needles if they have finished and passed a special course about giving vaccines. 

Only staff who have finished and passed the about giving vaccine course as well as a special COVID 19 vaccine course can give you the COVID 19 immunisation needle. 

How can I find out when the immunisation is coming to my community? 

You can: