COVID-19 vaccination for Aboriginal communities

The South Australian Aboriginal community has done a deadly job of staying strong and stopping the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The best way to protect our families and communities is to practice COVID Safe behaviours and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is very important for everyone, including young people aged 5 years and over to be vaccinated to protect the vulnerable people around them from getting very sick or dying from COVID-19.

It is concerning that our Aboriginal brothers and sisters are well below the rest of the state for COVID-19 vaccination levels. Let’s not leave vulnerable people with health conditions open to COVID-19.


Where can I have a COVID-19 vaccination?

Mobile and pop-up clinics this week

Metro and regional shops and hospitals are hosting mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics for the local community. See the locations and times.

Metropolitan and regional SA Health clinics

Aboriginal health clinics

Muna Paiendi

Corner of Mark and Oldham Roads, Elizabeth Vale
Vaccination times: Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
(No appointment needed. Walk-in vaccinations available).
Call (08) 8182 9206

Maringga Turtpandi

1 Gilles Cres, Hillcrest
Vaccination times: Monday and Tuesday, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Call (08) 7425 8900

Wonggangga Turtpandi

11 Church St, Port Adelaide
Vaccination times: Wednesday to Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Call (08) 8240 9611

Find a SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic

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For questions or if you are having trouble finding a clinic, call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787, 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days to find the best option for you.

For more information about your vaccination appointment, go to the vaccination appointment page.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Use the Eligibility Checker to find participating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) providing the COVID-19 vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ACCHS provide culturally safe vaccinations to the community. More information is available on the Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people page.

General Practices and GP-led Respiratory Clinics

Use the Eligibility Checker to find participating General Practices (GPs) and GP-led Respiratory Clinics providing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pharmacies

Use the Eligibility Checker to find participating community pharmacies in metropolitan and regional South Australia providing the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Clinics for residential aged care facility staff and volunteers

Dedicated vaccination clinics have been established to ensure that residential aged care workers and volunteers can be fully vaccinated quickly – Book now.

Clinics for disability workers

Dedicated vaccination clinics have been established to ensure that disability workers and students can be fully vaccinated quickly.

Book by calling 1800 253 787 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm, 7 days) or visit a dedicated Aged Care and Disability worker vaccination clinic at North Brighton or Medindie.

Clinic for children 12 - 15 years with medical conditions or disability

Children aged 12 – 15 years with medical conditions or disability can be vaccinated at WCH Pfizer Vaccine Clinic. 

Who can get vaccinated

All Aboriginal people 5 years and over can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11

All children aged 5 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

COVID-19 in young children is usually mild but can make some children very sick with long term effects.

Children with pre-existing conditions are at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including children with type 1 diabetes, obesity, a history of prematurity, heart disease, immunocompromising conditions, and complex and chronic illnesses.

Australia, like many other countries across the world, is seeing higher numbers of children being infected like adults. Vaccination will help protect your child, your family and the community and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For more information,

COVID-19 vaccination for young people

Nearly half of all COVID-19 cases in Australia are people under 30 years of age including children. The Delta strain has increasingly infected children and young people in 2021 as it has become the dominant strain around the world.

Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 at any age and become very sick or die. The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe way to protect you, your family, and your friends from getting sick.

The US, Canada and Europe have been vaccinating children 12 and over since May 2021. Research from around the world has shown that Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for children aged 12 and over.

Ages 12 to 15

  • A consent form must be filled in by a parent or caregiver for children of any age getting their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Parents or caregivers do not need to attend the vaccination appointment if it is at school, but do need to attend if the vaccination is somewhere else.

Ages 16 and over

  • If being vaccinated at school – a consent form must be filled in by a parent or caregiver but parents or caregivers do not need to attend the appointment.
  • If being vaccinated anywhere else – children can fill out their own consent form and attend solo or with a support person.

For more information:

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the health risks for you and your baby.

Compared with the rest of the population, pregnant women who catch COVID-19 are:

  • 5 times more likely to need to go to hospital for COVID-19.
  • 2-3 times more likely to be admitted to a hospital intensive care unit.
  • 1.5 times more likely to give birth early, or have their baby need a special care nursery.

mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are recommended for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. Research from around the world shows these COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant women, people planning a family, and women who are breastfeeding.

Tens of thousands of healthy babies have now been born to vaccinated women and fertility issues are not a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.

Visit the Get the Facts. Get the Vax. website for answers, science and evidence from around the world and have a yarn with your doctor or health professional before booking your vaccine appointment.

For more information:

Available COVID-19 vaccines

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (PDF 230KB) is available for people aged 5 and over. 

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (PDF 228KB) is available at participating pharmacies for people aged 12 years and over. 

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (PDF 203KB) is available for people aged 18 and over.
People aged 18 to 59 years will need to make an informed decision by speaking with the vaccinator at their appointment or a medical professional.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Watch in Pitjantjatjara language.

A COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect you, your family and community from getting very sick or dying from COVID-19.

A vaccine is medicine that:

  • helps people fight a virus if they come in contact with it
  • can stop people from getting very sick from the virus.

A vaccination is when you receive an injection of the vaccine. This is done with a needle.

At your appointment or walk in visit

Wear clothing with short, loose sleeves to your appointment. This makes it easier to reach your upper arm where you will receive the vaccination.

Before you enter a clinic, use the mySA GOV app to COVID SAfe Check-In.

When you go to a clinic, you will be given a consent form (PDF 128KB) to fill in.

When a vaccinator is available, you will be asked to go to a vaccination space or room where the person vaccinating you will:

  • take your consent form
  • confirm who you are
  • ask about what other vaccines you have had recently
  • ask if you agree to have the vaccine
  • check your signature on your consent form
  • give you the vaccine.

After you have been vaccinated, you will leave your consent form (PDF 128KB) with the vaccinator and they will give you a vaccine record to take home.

Staying for observation after your vaccination

Just like with all other vaccines, people who are vaccinated must stay at the clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes after they have received the vaccine. This is to make sure they don’t have any immediate reactions or side effects and to provide medical care if needed.

People with a history of allergic reactions (including food allergies, reactions to insect stings, medicine allergies) will be observed for longer (30 minutes) after having the vaccine.

Side effects

After you have your vaccination, you might feel some side effects.
A side effect is something that sometimes happens to people after they take medicine.

Side effects are a sign that the vaccine is teaching your body how to fight the virus. They don’t happen to everyone. Generally, they don’t last longer than two days and you recover without any problems.

Some common side effects are:

  • pain, redness and/ or swelling where you had the needle
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • sore muscles or joints
  • fever or chills.

If you have any side effects that are bothering you, you can take a simple painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Serious reactions like as allergic reactions or anaphylaxis are extremely rare and usually happen within 15 minutes of being vaccinated.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • having trouble breathing
  • wheezing
  • feeling a very fast heartbeat
  • swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat
  • falling down or fainting.

Call Triple Zero (000) or get to an emergency health clinic straight away if you have an allergic reaction after your vaccination.


Call your doctor or health clinic straight away if:

  • you are worried about a side effect that lasts more than 2 days
  • a side effect starts 3 days after your vaccination
  • it’s hard to breathe
  • you have pain in your chest or heart
  • your leg/s are swelling
  • you have pain in your belly that doesn’t go away
  • you have a headache or blurred vision that doesn’t go away
  • you have tiny blood spots under the skin, not near where the needle went in.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. You can also call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787  8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week.

Second vaccination appointment

To be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you must have two doses of the same vaccine.
The length of time between your two doses will depend on which COVID-19 vaccine you receive:

  • AstraZeneca – 12 weeks / 3 months
  • Pfizer – 21 days for people 12 years and over / 8 weeks for children 5 to 11 years
  • Moderna – 28 days

You may be asked to book both appointments at the same time, or to make an appointment for your second dose when you attend your first appointment.

COVID-19 vaccination frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Check out the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Aboriginal communities (PDF 312KB).

Other sources of information:

  • SA Health COVID-19 vaccine FAQs for more information about:
    • the vaccine
    • vaccine eligibility
    • vaccination appointments
    • second dose
    • after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
    • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
    • safety, testing and trials.

COVID-19 digital vaccine certificate

Your digital vaccination certificate is updated when you receive each dose of vaccine.

Once you are fully vaccinated, you can get your COVID-19 digital certificate to show proof of your vaccinations using:

You can still get proof that you are vaccinated, even if you don't have a Medicare card. See Services Australia for details on how to get proof through the individual healthcare identifiers service.

Find out how to get your COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate.

You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your digital wallet, or if you don’t have a smart phone, you can print your own COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement when you download your proof online.

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