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COVID-19 Gender and Vaccination Hub


For women and gender diverse people, it can be hard to know what to do when it comes to vaccines. There’s a lot of information out there. What we do know is that getting vaccinated is our best way out of this crisis for working women, mothers, gender diverse people and girls. Click the links below to learn more about vaccinations.


Why should I get vaccinated?

We know that the pandemic has hit women and gender-diverse people hard. With lives lost, financial insecurity, unemployment, anxiety and stress – this hasn’t been an easy time. Vaccinations are our best way out. Find out more about why you should get vaccinated.

If you’re concerned about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, or don’t know how to choose which one is right for you – the best person to talk to is your doctor. If you’d like more information in the meantime, keep scrolling. We’ve compiled health information by and for women and gender-diverse people. Click each of the images below for more information.


I’m concerned about my health and the risks of the vaccine? What information is available for me.

We understand that for women and gender non-conforming people, research about how medical treatments impact us are often unclear. With the coronavirus vaccines we now know how they impact people across genders. If you’re concerned about a particular issue regarding the vaccine, click the tabs below for more information from Women’s Health Victoria.

Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines do not contain milk, egg, latex, or animal products.

Pregnancy
Fertility
Side-Effects
Breast-Feeding
HRT

If you’re on HRT you might be concerned about how the vaccine could interact with your treatment. Information from Your Community Health is available here.

Safety

These short videos are put together by our member, Women’s Health Grampians.


Here’s how you can book your COVID-19 Vaccination

Book

You must book an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can do this at a vaccination centre using the online booking system, or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. For an interpreter, press 0. You can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment here.

Attend

Arrive at your appointment 5 minutes early. Remember to book and attend your second dose appointment.

More Information

For more information on booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments, click here.

Remember to look after your mental health as well as your physical health.

For coronavirus advice and assistance, you can contact the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. For an interpreter, press 0. You can also follow the Coronavirus WhatsApp Channel for guidance and information on Australia’s response to COVID-19.


I’m not sure if I can afford to get the vaccine. What should I do?

We know that the pandemic has hit women in particular hard economically. However, the coronavirus vaccine is free and there is support available if you need to take time off. Click the tabs below to learn more.

Cost of the Vaccine

The vaccine is free for everyone in Australia – whether you are a citizen, a permanent resident, an overseas visitor, migrant worker, or asylum seeker.

You don’t even need a Medicare card. Book your COVID-19 vaccine here: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment

Can I take time-off?

Your employer may allow for you to have time off to get the vaccine. Getting your vaccine shouldn’t take longer than an hour, so you’ll be back to work in no time. If you’re concerned about not being able to work due to side-effects, you’re entitled to sick leave if you’re a full or part time employee.

To learn more visit:

https://www.vic.gov.au/vps-guidance-note-covid-19-vaccination-rollout

Book your free COVID-19 vaccine here: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment

I’m not an Australian citizen?

The vaccine is free for everyone in Australia – whether you are a citizen, a permanent resident, an overseas visitor, migrant worker, or asylum seeker.

You don’t even need a Medicare card. Book your COVID-19 vaccine here: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment


Looking for resources in languages other than English? Click here.

English
Karen
Hindi
Nuer

These short videos are put together by our member, Women’s Health Grampians.

Easy Read Resources

A series of Easy Read resources on COVID-19 vaccines is available here.

Auslan Resources

This collection contains videos in Auslan, explaining Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Victorian Government

Find the latest COVID-19 related information, restrictions, health advice, and what financial support is available in Victoria on this page.

Australian Government

Search all COVID-19 related resources on this page. Select a tab on the page to see publications, videos, audio, collections of related resources and more.


Where can I find resources on vaccination with a gender lens?

You can download our resource on getting vaccinated here. Our social media packs will be uploaded shortly to this page and will be available to share amongst your networks.


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