COVID-19 Support

First Nations peoples and vaccination

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First Nations peoples and vaccination

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 and over are eligible to access a COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information visit the Department of Health website here. 

Pathways for vaccinating Greater Brisbane’s vulnerable people

Brisbane South PHN and Brisbane North PHN are working together to improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine for people who would benefit from additional support.

First Nations Peoples

Support is available for general practices serving First Nations populations, including arranging for vaccination providers to provide in-reach within the practice. Brisbane South PHN is also working with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Aboriginal Medical Services, and Metro South Hospital and Health Service to ensure access to vaccinations across the region.

First Nations Peoples Vaccination a priority

There are still a high number of First Nations people who have not yet been vaccinated. It is important to continue to prioritise individuals who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander for COVID-19 vaccinations and continuing to support in culturally appropriate ways, answering any concerns and questions patients may have. Where possible, practices are encouraged to directly reach out to patients not already booked in to support this booking as soon as possible.

Please let us know if there is any assistance you might require to support increased vaccine uptake. The PHN is keen to explore innovative ways to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccination for your First Nations patients. Please email to discuss your plan and how we could assist.

Brisbane North PHN have also created a PenCat recipe to assist practices in pulling data to support this prioritisation.

Resources to support First Nations peoples

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.

Quick links:

  • For more information about COVID-19 from your local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services click here.
  • 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.

Yarning about COVID-19 video series

Brisbane South PHN in collaboration with Metro South Health, Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health and ATSICHS Brisbane have developed a series of videos discussing the answers to questions frequently raised by First Nations communities.

Discussions with Dr Claudia Collins, Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health

Discussion with Dr Jonathan Leitch, ATSICHS Brisbane

FAQs about COVID-19 vaccination for First Nations patients

Common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been answered in this document created by the Department of Health.

NACCHO and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) have jointly developed a resource that provides information and has FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.