COVID-19 advice for people with disability

Information and resources for people with disability and carers, including where to find an accessible vaccination clinic.

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Staying safe 

Some people with disability are at a higher risk from COVID-19. 

Read the NSW Health advice for people at higher risk of severe illness.

You can do things to help avoid getting sick, like: 

  • staying a safe distance from people you don’t live with (except your carers and support workers) 
  • washing your hands often 
  • wearing a face mask if you can 
  • staying at home if you are sick. 

People who might have COVID-19 can: 

  • have a fever 
  • have a cough 
  • have a sore throat 
  • have a runny nose 
  • find it hard to breathe 
  • find it hard to smell and taste things. 

If you have any of these, you should call your GP (doctor) or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080

Vaccinations for people with disability

NSW Health recommends getting vaccinated to help protect yourself and your family and friends.

Talk to your pharmacist, GP (doctor) or Aboriginal Medical Service about your needs and your vaccination options.

If you have completed your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination, check if you are eligible to get a booster vaccination

Some people, including residents in disability care facilities, are also now eligible to receive a winter COVID-19 vaccine (second booster).

Book your vaccination

Find an accessible clinic that meets your needs then book your appointment.

Search for a clinic

If you have concerns or questions, you can call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787. It’s a free information and referral service for people with disability, families, support workers and carers.

You can also call the vaccination helpline for advice on 1800 020 080.

Vaccinations for disability support workers

Disability support workers, including volunteers, are required to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Find out more about this requirement from NSW Health

Disability Gateway

You can call the Disability Gateway if you need help because of COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

 1800 643 787

National Relay Service

Communicate with voice callers if you are hard of hearing, deaf, deafblind or have speech impairment.

1800 555 660

Service NSW

Call for information and support from the NSW Government during COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 13 77 88

COVID-19 information for people with disability

If you are a person with disability or are a carer or support person, there are video and online resources that have been developed to help you safely through COVID-19.

Use the links below to find out about getting a COVID-19 test, self-isolating at home if you might have been exposed to the virus, going to the hospital, and more.

COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

How to look after yourself and stop the spread of COVID-19. Includes looking after your mental health too. 

Hospital

Going to the hospital

If you need to go to hospital, you will notice some things have changed. Here’s information on what to expect when you go to hospital during COVID-19.

Testing

Getting tested

Most people will need to get a COVID-19 test at some point. Find out what is involved, where to get the test and when to expect your results.

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How to self-isolate

If you have been in contact with somebody who has COVID-19, you might be asked to self-isolate at home. You can't leave home unless you need to get tested for COVID-19 or it’s an emergency. Find out more about self-isolating.

Support

Resources for support people

If you are supporting someone with disability, there are things you can do to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Translated resources

In-language educational resources on COVID-19 for communities and health workers.

Easy Read

For people who use Easy Read resources

Links to information about COVID-19 in easy to read formats with pictures and words. 

You might prefer the Easy Read resources if you find it difficult to read for any reason.

Easy Read pages

For people with vision impairment

Resources for people with vision impairment or blindness.

For people who are deaf or have hearing impairment

AUSLAN resources

COVID-19 information and services that can help people with hearing impairment. 

Australian Government Department of Health AUSLAN resources.

NSW Health AUSLAN resources

Resources for carers

If you are supporting and caring for someone with disability, there are resources to keep informed about COVID-19, the rules and tips for staying healthy.  

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