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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have been identified as a priority group for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out program. This is because of the higher risk of getting and developing serious illness from COVID-19 due to a number of factors. This may include a higher rate of chronic health conditions and in some cases crowded-living conditions, which increases the risk of spreading the infection.
COVID-19 vaccination program

The Australian Department of Health has produced an useful web page with information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines and the current rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

This web page includes answers to the following questions:

  • Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
  • Where and when should I get vaccinated?
  • Are there any known side-effects?
  • Can I choose not to be vaccinated?
  • Which vaccine will I be getting?
  • I live remotely and move between places, what should I do?
General COVID-19 information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in remote communities are at greater risk from COVID-19. This is because:

  • there are higher rates of other health issues in these communities
  • it can be harder to access health care
  • people in the community are very mobile and travel often
  • people often rely more on outreach services in remote places.

Queensland Health has developed a range of COVID-19 resources for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and services. New resources will be added as they continue to be developed.

The most accurate and credible information regarding COVID-19 is issued from Department of Health (State and Commonwealth) sources. Please be mindful that some resources developed by other states have state-specific information.

Key resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals
12 January 2022