Aboriginal communities COVID-19 advice

Everybody is at risk of getting coronavirus (COVID-19). For most people, they will only develop mild illness, but others may develop severe sickness that affects the lungs, heart and brain.

People with weaker immune systems are more likely to get seriously ill. This puts Aboriginal Elders and people with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease) at risk.

SA Health is working closely with key stakeholders across the state to ensure that Aboriginal Communities have access to current, culturally appropriate and localised information.

This page contains information to help you protect yourself, your family and community.

Are you ready for COVID-19?

This week South Australia’s COVID-Ready Plan was released.

It is a plan to manage COVID-19 cases and prepare SA for living with COVID-19 long term.

SA’s borders will re-open to the eastern states on 23 November, 2021 when it is expected that 80% of South Australians aged 16 years and over will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is concerning that our Aboriginal brothers and sisters are well below the rest of the state for COVID-19 vaccination levels. Book now: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine

Let’s not leave vulnerable people with health conditions open to COVID-19.

Vaccination is the best way to reduce your risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19.

For weekly reports on Aboriginal COVID-19 vaccination rates, visit the Health.gov.au website.  

COVID-19 vaccination

All Aboriginal people 12 years and over can now book an appointment to be vaccinated.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for people aged 12 and over. People aged 60 and over can now choose to receive Pfizer at SA Health vaccination clinics.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available at participating pharmacies for people aged 12 years and over.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is available for people aged 18 and over.
People aged 18 to 59 years will need to make an informed decision by speaking with the vaccinator at their appointment or a medical professional.

If you have already had your first dose of AstraZeneca, you must receive AstraZeneca for your second dose. The vaccines are not interchangeable. It is important to have 2 doses for the best protection.  

If you have safely had your first dose of AstraZeneca, you can safely receive your second dose.

School-based COVID-19 vaccination program

The COVID-19 school vaccine program began on 25 October. More than 20 schools will vaccinate children as part of a 6 week program to vaccinate students aged 12 – 18 years old and school staff.

If a child is being vaccinated at school

A consent form must be filled in by a parent or caregiver for children of any age getting their COVID-19 vaccine at school.

Parents or caregivers do not need to attend the appointment at schools.

If a child is being vaccinated somewhere else

If a child aged 12-15 is being vaccinated at a doctor, health clinic or pharmacy, parents or caregivers must attend the appointment and give consent.

Children aged 16 years and over can fill out their own consent form and attend the appointment solo or with a support person.

For more information, visit  www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccineyouth.

Do you need help having conversations with others about the COVID-19 vaccine?   

As we work toward fully vaccinating all South Australians against COVID-19, we encourage you to start a positive conversation with your friends, families and communities who may be unsure about receiving the vaccine.  

To support you with these conversations, register for free online training in October and November to help with messages and facts about the COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy

Research from around the world shows the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is safe and effective for pregnant people, people planning a family, and people who are breastfeeding.

For more information, visit the COVID vaccine and pregnancy page or read the Frequently asked questions: COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy, planning a family, and breastfeeding (PDF 212KB).

For questions or if you are having trouble making an online booking, call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, 7 days.

COVID-19 vaccination frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Want to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines?

Check out the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Aboriginal communities (PDF 312KB).

For more information about how the  COVID-19 vaccine works, how vaccines are tested, safety and the South Australian COVID-19 Vaccination program, visit the  SA Gov COVID-19 vaccination page, visit the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine page, watch the explainer videos, or follow SA Health on Facebook and Twitter.

Information on how Aboriginal people in Australia have responded to the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines so far can be found at the AusVaxSafety website.

Access to Aboriginal communities

The Emergency Management Cross Border General Direction (released on 29 March) provides protection for high risk facilities in Aboriginal communities.

Outbreak locations are now assigned a level from 1 to 6, which reflects the level of risk associated with the outbreak. More information can be found in the COVID Entry Requirements Chart

If someone has returned from a Level 1 or 2 outbreak area, they must receive a negative COVID-19 test result before attending any:

  • health service
  • aged care facility
  • prison or other place of custody.

If someone has returned from a Level 3 location, they cannot attend these facilities for 14 days.

People returning from a Level 4, 5 or 6 location will be required to quarantine.

These facilities can be attended at any time if the person:

  • needs medical treatment (including a COVID-19 test)
  • is an emergency services worker assisting with an emergency
  • is visiting someone who is dying.

This applies to the following areas:     

  • APY Lands
  • Davenport
  • Nepabunna
  • Iga Warta
  • Umoona
  • Oodnadatta
  • Yalata
  • Kooniba
  • Maralinga Tjarutja
  • Gerard
  • Raukkan which is also known as Narrung and previously known as Point McLeay
  • Point Pearce Aboriginal Community

For a reference table that shows restricted locations and their associated ‘levels’ of risk, visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel, go to the More information heading and open the ‘Entry into SA Requirements Table’. Please note this table is frequently updated and will need to be checked regularly.

Infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) advice.