Beyond Blue welcomes the commencement of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
The vaccination of the Australian community, starting with those with the greatest health risk, will help contain the disease and advance our social and economic recovery.
Beyond Blue understands the prospect of receiving a vaccine may bring feelings of anxiety. Some people may wonder whether the vaccines are safe and effective, about when they will be vaccinated and whether there will be enough for everyone.
Facts from trusted sources can help manage any doubts, worries or fears.
Beyond Blue encourages people to seek their information about the vaccines and the roll out program from credible sources such as:
- The Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccines web page
- The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Your GP.
It may also help to remember that public health authorities around the world are carefully monitoring how people are responding to the range of vaccines that are already in use, and that Australia has benefited from these and many other scientific insights.
Feelings of anxiety are normal in times of uncertainty. However, if your worries are persistent, intense or interfering with your daily life, you may benefit from speaking with Beyond Blue, your GP or a mental health professional.
The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is available 24/7 at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au. Its dedicated phone line, staffed by mental health professionals briefed on the pandemic response, is available to everyone on 1800 512 348.
The Beyond Blue Support Service is available via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or
via beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3PM – 12AM AEST or email responses within 24 hours).
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Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.