Did you know that if you have a complex mental health issue, you might be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine now?
The Australian Government states that 'adults with specified underlying medical conditions' are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of phase 1b, which is rolling out now. This includes people with 'severe mental health conditions'.
Phase 1b specifies that people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are eligible for a vaccine. However, if you have another mental health diagnosis you may still be eligible. You can discuss your needs with your GP or health care specialist for advice.
Carers (paid and unpaid) of an adult or child with a specified underlying medical condition are also eligible.
A list of some of the eligible conditions can be found at the Australian Department of Health Website.
You can check your eligibility through the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. If eligible, you can view vaccination locations and book an appointment.
You can also find your nearest vaccination site by visiting your state or territory health department’s website.
The coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline is available on 1800 020 080 to answer your questions, including what documentation you may need to bring to your vaccination.
To make an appointment call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. You can find your nearest Victorian vaccination site online.
At SANE we recognise making sense of new information and uncertain situations can be hard.
If you need extra support, you can contact SANE’s free counselling services on 1800 187 263 or chat to counsellors online. Lifeline is also available on 13 11 14.
Our supportive online forum community is also available 24/7. Visit the forums and share how you’re going with people who get it. It’s safe, anonymous, with counsellors and peer workers in the background.