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Informed Consent Practice - #VaxTheNation

Every care relationship is different. In many cases, the person being cared for can make their own decisions about their own medical treatment. It is important to #VaxTheNation that members of the community are making informed choices of the health care they are receiving and are seeking professional medical advice.

Before making a decision on getting the COVID-19 vaccine, it is a good idea to get information about the treatment and give yourself enough time to think about it.

Ask your local GP and/or your state medical health bodies (list can be found here) information to read. The information given can include: 


  • possible side effects of each COVID-19 vaccine
  • what COVID-19 vaccine might be best for you and your medical circumstances
  • specific details of the vaccine; for example, how it will be administered

Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether or not to undergo particular medical treatment. It is important to remember that it is okay to ask more questions.


If you are having trouble making a decision, you could:


  • Make a further appointment with your doctor or health service to discuss your concerns and get more information.
  • Ask the doctor or healthcare professional to explain the information to you again in a way you can understand and if you do not fully understand the information the doctor or health professional gives, say so.
  • Ask the doctor or surgeon for information in another language or ask for a professional interpreter if you prefer another language to English.
  • Find a support group and talk to someone who has had the vaccine. It can help to learn from other peoples’ experiences.

Method of Consent

As with all other vaccines, informed consent is required before administering each COVID-19 vaccine dose. Verbal or written consent is acceptable. Written consent is not mandatory, although may be obtained in some settings as per local practices. Providers should always ensure that informed consent is obtained and documented as per standard practices. The Australian Government has prepared an optional written consent form for those providers who choose to use one. For further information about valid consent, refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook – Preparing for vaccination – Valid consent

Further information provided by ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) can be found here.

ACCESSING THE VACCINE

**Please note that information on vaccine access is constantly changing. Please contact one of the services below for further information or your local GP on how to best access the COVID-19 vaccine.


Call this line if you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVID-Safe app. The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


General enquires: covidvaccineenquiries@health.gov.au
Health sector enquiries: covidvaccinehealthprofessionals@health.gov.au
Eligibility checker: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility?lang=en

National helpline: 1800 020 080


Secondary National Appointment Bookings Service: https://www.hotdoc.com.au/

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