The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19 (Taskforce) was formed in March 2020 to develop and deliver a National Management Plan to protect communities. The Taskforce also advises on health issues related to COVID-19 pandemic response and the vaccine rollout. It is co-chaired by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and the Australian Government Department of Health. This communique provides an update on their work and current key focus areas.
The Taskforce welcomes the decisions announced following the National Cabinet meeting today
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are 16 years and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine is preferred for adults aged 50 years and over. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for adults 16 years and older. Vaccines are available through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), Commonwealth vaccine clinics, general practices, state and territory health services and clinics.