COVID Vaccine

In January 2021, the Australian Government announced that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout would commence by the end of February 2021 (pending TGA approval and quality assurance processes etc), for groups at highest risk of acquiring COVID-19 and people at risk of mortality or hospitalisation who contract COVID-19.  All people living with HIV are eligible under Phase 1b of the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan.

Positive Life has formulated a body of work in response to support all people living with HIV across NSW to ensure communications and messaging with our community living with and affected by HIV in NSW is targeted, nuanced and practical. To this end, we will be working with the ASHM COVID-19 Taskforce, NAPWHA and AFAO to gain clear and consistent advice about the rollout and logistics as well as synthesise the available research on COVID-19 and HIV.

Below we offer a briefing of the work we will complete over the coming months. It includes but is not limited to the following:

FAQs page

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from people living with HIV about the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the Know (Research and Treatments Information Session)

We held an event on Tuesday 9 February as part of our regular ‘In The Know’ Research and Treatments information sessions, with three guest speakers presenting on the COVID-19 vaccine and what it means for our community members living with HIV.  They were:

    1. Mr Bruce Hamish Bowden, Clinical Pharmacist (HIV) from The Albion Centre
    2. Professor Anthony Kelleher, Director of The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney who spoke about the COVID-19 Vaccine Science including side effects, research and types, how it affects people living with HIV
    3. Dr Prital Patel, Research Fellow at The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney who presented on Vaccine Hesitancy and
    4. Associate Professor Edwina Wright, Chair of the ASHM COVID-19 Taskforce who discussed the COVID Vaccine Rollout/Schedule and Logistics.

Website Content

Regular blog posts which address topics which require more detail. For example, “What is the COVID vaccine and is it safe?” or “When and how can I get the vaccine?”

    1. Positive Life has updated the pdf iconPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) Factsheet.
    2. Booking your COVID-19 vaccine: a guide for people living with HIV in NSW
    3. Getting your mask on
    4. COVID-19 vaccines hub

COVID-19 ToolKit

Monthly distribution of the COVID-19 ToolKit newsletter to our members, subscribers and HIV-sector partners and regularly updated on our website.

Positive Life Treatments Officer

Positive Life is committed to supporting all people living with HIV in NSW through the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with relevant and evidence-based information.

We are also available to support you to access the COVID-19 vaccine and explore your options around eligibility, disclosure or clinic availability. If you have any concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines, or experience any barriers accessing a COVID-19 vaccine please call us on (02) 9206 2177, 1800 245 677 (freecall outside metro) or email contact@positivelife.org.au

Peer connection and groups

Throughout the first half of 2021, all Positive Life’s peer connection and support groups will focus on the COVID-19 vaccine (and the social factors associated with social distancing due to COVID-19). These will include community language translations where feasible.

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If you want to talk about your concerns regarding coronavirus as a person living with HIV,  please contact Positive Life NSW and talk to a Treatments or Peer Support Officer, on  (02) 9206-2177 or 1800 245 677 (freecall) or email contact@positivelife.org.au

Page updated: 18 March 2021

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