The Department of Health has now confirmed that, from March 22, all adults living with diabetes are able to book an appointment to receive the first of two free COVID-19 vaccinations in phase 1b of the vaccine rollout. Current Government advice is that children under 16 years will not yet receive the vaccine.
To check your eligibility and book a local appointment to receive a vaccination, use the new national vaccination information and booking service — COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker. It also provides further information on the vaccines and considerations for your individual circumstances. For a list of GP practices, GP-led respiratory clinics or Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services participating in the vaccine rollout in WA you can check on the Commonwealth Department of Health website COVID-19 vaccination – Phase 1b rollout (health.gov.au).
For more info on the vaccines generally please go to the Commonwealth Department of Health website.
If you have any concerns or are pregnant, make sure you talk with your doctor before receiving a vaccination.
Health authorities are urging everyone to be patient with participating clinics, as they are dealing with a very large number of enquiries. If you can’t find an appointment right now, please check again in a week or so as more appointments become available. For more information about Western Australia’s vaccine rollout plan go to healthywa.wa.gov.au
Please note the advice here to take your Medicare card if you have one and note that you will need to provide evidence of your eligibility at your appointment, which includes any of the following:
- Your regular GP clinic’s records
- A My Health Record
- A referral from a treating GP or specialist
- Other medical records including medical history printouts, a chronic disease care plan, a hospital discharge summary or a valid script for medication prescribed for one of the relevant conditions.
- A Phase 1b eligibility declaration form
- Diabetes WA would also recommend taking your current NDSS registration card with you
As always you can contact the Diabetes WA Helpline on 1300 001 880 for information and advice concerning your diabetes management.