COVID-Ready: People with disability
Everybody is at risk of getting COVID-19. Most people will only get mild symptoms, like a sore throat and runny nose, but others might be worse.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to help keep yourself and others safe:
- get vaccinated. It’s not too late to vaccinate. People with a disability, their support persons, and people working in the disability sector are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Book your vaccination or ask your support person today.
- if you're already vaccinated, you may be able to get a booster shot. Book your booster or ask your support person today.
- prepare a COVID-Ready kit
- prepare a COVID Care Plan
- read about what will happen if you get COVID-19.
If you are a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you can also contact your service provider for additional support.
COVID Care Plan resources
- COVID Care Plan for adults
- COVID Care Plan for parents / carers and children
- My COVID-19 symptom diary
9 things you can do to Get COVID-Ready
- Get vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, you are less likely to go to hospital, get seriously ill, or die from COVID-19.
- Get a booster shot
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers additional protection. Find more information on where you can get the COVID-19 booster dose and why it is so important.
- Talk to your health worker or specialist
Make an appointment to see your health worker, doctor or specialist if you have any health concerns or conditions.
- Link your proof of vaccination to your Check In Qld app, or print it out
You’ll need this at cafes, pubs, sports venues and cinemas.
- Get tested
Get a COVID-19 test if you have any symptoms, and stay home until you get your result. You can use a PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test. Find your closest COVID-19 testing and fever clinics.
- Mask up
Carry a mask with you at all times, even when they aren’t mandatory. Use it when you can’t keep 1.5 metres away from others, or where restrictions apply.
- Sign up for health alerts
Visit the Queensland Health website and sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date with all COVID-19 information.
- Complete a COVID Care Plan
Be prepared in case you need to go to hospital.
- Prepare a Get COVID-Ready kit
In case you need to isolate at home.
It’s not too late to vaccinate
If you’re not already vaccinated, book in today or find your nearest walk-in vaccination clinic.
COVID-19 vaccines and health care are free for everyone in Queensland, even if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This includes:
- people without a Medicare card
- overseas visitors
- international students
- migrant workers
- asylum seekers.
Book in your booster shot
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides extra protection if you’ve already had two doses.
Find out more about boosters, including when you are eligible.
Display your proof of vaccination
You must show proof of vaccination to enter some businesses and venues.
Everyone will still be able to access retail services, public transport, and places of worship.
If you have the latest version of the Check In Qld app, you can add your COVID-19 digital certificate so it’s ready to display when you check in at a venue. You can print out a copy and carry it with you.
Get tested immediately if you have any of these symptoms:
- loss of smell and/or taste
- nasal congestion
- muscle pain.
You can use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or get a PCR test.
Choose to mask up
Masks may be mandatory for some parts of Queensland, at some times.
Even if it’s not mandatory, keep wearing a mask if you want to. Wear a mask when you are not able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others.
Where to access support
If you need more help you can contact :
- the National Coronavirus Helpline – call 1800 020 080. Press 4 if you work in disability or aged care. Press 5 if you are a person with disability or carer of a person with disability
- TTY users – if you have a hearing, visual and/or speech impairment, call 133 677; in an emergency, call 106 (for teletypewriter or text phone use only)
- Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) – call (07) 3252 8566 or visit the QDN website for information, services and support
- the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787
- Queensland Health on 13 HEALTH (13 43 25) – for health-related advice, questions and support
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – call 1800 800 110 or visit the NDIS website
- You can also use National Relay Services including to call 000 in an emergency
- Auslan and video resources on COVID-19, how to stay safe and available services for people with disability, support workers and carers
- Where to get help
- Person-centred emergency preparedness planning tool (from the Queenslanders with Disability Network)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Essential Items Checklist
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination certificate (Services Australia)
- 10 ways to keep safe and Get COVID-Ready