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COVID-19 and vaccines

We have information to help keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Vaccination is an important strategy to help reduce the risk of developing infectious diseases, including COVID-19, caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

For people who are immunocompromised, such as those living with kidney disease (stage 3b), dialysis or transplanted, the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of contracting COVID-19, so we encourage people to talk to their GP about receiving the vaccine.

We have provided a Q&A below on the vaccination program for people with kidney disease, which has been done in consultation with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and the Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). This information is based on information provided by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Please note that information on the vaccination program is changing regularly, so please always check the government website below for the very latest. The Q&As below were based on information available as of 13 October 2021.

As the vaccine rollout continues, we recommend you visit the Federal Government website on COVID-19 vaccines to get the latest information and advice on vaccine availability and which vaccine you can and should access.

    If you have a specific question or concern regarding COVID vaccination, we suggest that you contact your own specialist or transplant/renal unit for advice, because local conditions and advice vary across Australia.

    If your have more specific queries around the vaccine rollout as it affects people with kidney disease, please call our Helpline on 1800 454 363.

    Questions and Answers on the vaccine for people with kidney disease

    Kidney Health Australia (KHA) strongly encourages all Australians, including those living with kidney disease, to get vaccinated. Vaccination is a critical component along with other public health measures to maximise protection against illness from COVID-19 infection. To date, over 28 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Australia.

    KHA supports the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) position that vaccination is the most effective way to reduce deaths and severe illness from infection. We recommend you access the COVID vaccine through a GP clinic, pharmacy or vaccination hub as soon as you can.

    Make sure to follow the vaccine schedule and to get both doses of whichever vaccine is suitable for your situation. Research has shown the immune response triggered by the vaccines is greatest after the 2nd dose, offering between 80-90% protection against severe COVID-19 disease. ATAGI has also recently approved a 3rd dose for certain individuals, see more below.

    To book a vaccine appointment go to the https://www.health.gov.au/reso... or to find out how to book your vaccination appointment call the National Coronavirus and COVID Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.

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