COVID-19 vaccination for people with underlying medical conditions
It is especially important that people with underlying medical conditions are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as you are at a higher risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19.
People with underlying medical conditions have different vaccination needs based on age. Find more information about vaccinating:
Find out what to expect before, during and after your vaccination.
Where to get vaccinated
People with an underlying medical condition or allergy should speak with their GP or treating specialist about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
General Practitioners (GPs) are able to give you any additional doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that are recommended based on your medical needs. If this is not offered at your GP, you can attend a SA Health vaccination clinic site or pharmacy with evidence of your eligible condition. This can include:
- A referral letter from GP or other treating clinician
- Proof of an alternative medical record that is dated within the last 5 years:
- a printout of the medical history (from clinical records or My Health Record)
- a printout of a chronic disease care plan from treating GP
- a discharge summary from a hospital or other medical facility
- a named script for a medication that has been prescribed to treat one or more of the relevant conditions or procedures outlined in the guideline.
- A condition-specific identifier
- A completed Eligibility Declaration Form (if unable provide any of the above evidence of eligibility).
For more information speak to your GP and read the ATAGI statement for a list of eligible conditions.
A GP or treating specialist may refer adults the South Australia COVID-19 Specialist Immunisation Clinic (SACSIC) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. All referrals must be made by your GP or treating specialist using the SACSIC Referral Form (PDF 48KB). Criteria for referral are listed on the form.
A GP or treating specialist may refer children to the Specialist Immunisation Service at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital if specialist advice is required.
For further information about the importance of vaccination, read the Allergy, Immunodeficiency, Autoimmunity and COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs.