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The importance of credible information
Australians are encouraged to rely on reputable sources of information to help them make informed choices and stay up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.
With new vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. This is a new vaccination program and these are new vaccines.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell misunderstandings or false information apart from facts.
Usually people are simply seeking more information to answer questions or allay any concerns they may have.
The information below can help people make informed decisions – and get information from a trusted source.
Is it true? Does the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine cause blood clots?
There has been a link established between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a very rare but serious side effect called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia. There is a very low chance of this side effect, which may occur in around 4-6 people in every million after being vaccinated.
With new COVID-19 vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. That’s why we’re providing accurate, evidence-based answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
If you work in a residential aged care facility, in any type of job, you and your colleagues are a priority for vaccination. Questions? Call 1800 020 080 and press option 4.
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including your second dose.
What are the factors that can determine transmission risk of COVID-19?
Factors that determine transmission risk include whether a virus is still replication-competent, whether the patient has symptoms, such as a cough, which can spread infectious droplets, and the behavior and environmental factors associated with the infected individual.
Will my Centrelink payments stop if I refuse COVID-19 vaccination?
If people choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, this will not affect their family’s eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A or childcare fee assistance which only includes National Immunisation Program vaccines for those aged younger than 20.
Can asymptomatic people transmit COVID-19?
Yes, infected people can transmit the virus both when they have symptoms and when they don’t have symptoms. This is why it is important that all people who are infected are identified by testing, isolated, and, depending on the severity of their disease, receive medical care.
Last month, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) were able to deliver over 500 vaccines to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (NG Lands), working in partnership with NG Health.
Kate from RFDS (pictured in the middle) said the community gave her and the rest of the crew a warm welcome.
“We had people who were scared at first, come back after their vaccine and bring their friends and families to see the nurses from the Kimberley who were here to help. Little Chloe (pictured, left) also wanted her vaccine, but had to settle for supporting her mum because she is too young. Instead she gave me a cuddle and shared my orange,” said Kate.
Follow the RFDS Facebook page to keep up to date with good news stories like this one.
Thanks to the Royal Flying Doctor Service for providing this image, with consent.