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Local Covid-19 testing and vaccination clinics for First Nations people

Walk-in Covid-19 vaccination and testing clinics are open in our area for First Nations people.

Free Pfizer vaccines are available for anyone who is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and their families.

These clinics are for anyone over 12 years of age.
Bring your parent or guardian with you if you are between 12 and 15. Remember, you can’t get vaccinated if you’re waiting on the results of a Covid-19 test.

REDFERN AND WATERLOO
Koori Vaccination Clinic
Anyone from the Redfern and Waterloo community is welcome at this clinic.

  • National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
    180 George Street Redfern
    Open 10am to 4pm
    Monday 13 September to Saturday 18 September
    Thursday 23 September to Saturday 25 September
    Thursday 30 September to Saturday 2 October

Book your appointment

If you can’t book online, just walk in. Sydney Local Health District and the Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Ltd employees will be at the clinic to help you.

If you have any questions about your appointment call 1800 955 566, from 8am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week.

SURRY HILLS

Aboriginal Family Covid-19 vaccination weekend

You don’t need a booking for this weekend. Just come to the clinic, get your free Covid-19 vaccine and protect yourself and your mob.

  • Northcott Community Centre
    163 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
    Open 10am to 4pm, Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September

For more info or to have a chat with an Aboriginal health worker about the vaccine, please call 0439 413 094.

Aboriginal health workers will be at the clinic to support you and your family to get vaccinated. They’ll talk to you about what will happen and answer your questions. You will be vaccinated by trained vaccination nurses.

Elders and anyone with disability or who needs help at the clinic will be seen first so they don’t have to wait.

If your child is 12 years or over, they can be vaccinated. If they are under 12 years old, they can’t be vaccinated but you can bring them with you.

GLEBE

There is also a walk-in vaccination clinic open in Glebe. It’s free and you don’t need a Medicare card.

  • Peter Forsyth Auditorium
    Francis Street Corner, Franklyn St, Glebe
    Open 10am to 4pm, Friday 17 September and Saturday 18 September
    Wednesday 29 September, Thursday 30 September and Friday 1 October

Why you should get a Covid-19 vaccination

Covid-19 is very dangerous and spreads quickly. The vaccines work very well against Covid-19. Getting vaccinated helps to protect you and your mob.

2 doses of a vaccine:

  • reduces the chance you will catch Covid-19 by around 60% to 80%
  • gives you around 90% protection against needing to be admitted to hospital or dying from Covid-19
  • reduces the spread of Covid-19 to others.

The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Even those who are young and healthy should get vaccinated. The majority of Aboriginal peoples with Covid-19 in NSW are under 40. Many young people have needed hospital or even intensive care because of Covid-19. You should get vaccinated to protect yourself and your mob.

There are also options to get vaccinated at Green Square Library in Zetland, and Ultimo Community Centre.. Find more information on where else to get a vaccination.

Get a Covid-19 test

If you’re not feeling well, you should get a Covid-19 test. Even if you have only mild symptoms.

There’s a new pop-up rapid testing clinic in Redfern. You can walk in, no appointment or Medicare card needed.

  • Redfern Community Centre
    29–53 Hugo Street Redfern
    10am to 4pm, 7 days a week

Find a list of other clinics near you where you can get a free test.

If you have been in contact with a person with Covid-19 you also need to be tested. This could be a family member, friend or other people you live or work with. Even if you have no symptoms, it’s important to get a test.

You also need to get tested, if you have been with someone who has contact with someone else who was infected with Covid-19. They might be waiting on their own test results, but you should get one of your own as soon as possible.

Food assistance when isolating

You will need to isolate after a Covid-19 test. Go straight home, it will help keep your community safe.

If you need assistance accessing food while in isolation, call our Community Hotline on (02) 9265 9333.

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Thanks to the City of Sydney for compiling the above list

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