With the impacts of COVID-19 being felt across the country, the Watarrka Foundation are this month highlighting the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for protecting our First Nations communities. As currently experienced by those who call Sydney home, the new Delta variant poses a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of the community. This threat is of particular concern to First Nations people in the Sydney metropolitan area, as well as regional Indigenous communities due to virus overflow from city regions.
As stated by NSW Health:
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have been identified as a priority group for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout program. This is because of the higher risk of getting very sick and developing serious illness from COVID-19. This may be due to a higher rate of chronic health conditions and in some cases crowded-living conditions, which increases the risk of spreading the infection.”
1. Vaccines make your immune system stronger by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses.2. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting yourself from getting sick from COVID-19.3. When enough people in the community are vaccinated, it slows down the spread of disease through herd immunity.4. With the majority of people vaccinated, less restrictions will be required. Interstate borders will remain open and people can plan for important events with greater confidence.
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines
Northern Territory: Booking your vaccine
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19- vaccine-enquiriesAustralian Govt. Department of Heath
Preparing for your vaccine
National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helplineIf you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call 1800 020 080. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.