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Disability provider alert from the Australian Government – 13 May

On 13 May, the Australian Government sent the latest Disability provider alert. These alerts provide regular updates for the disability sector about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. 

How the vaccine rollout is going

The Australian Government says the vaccine rollout is ramping up with support from Aspen Medical. The Government says people with disability who are eligible under phase 1a and who live in residential accommodation housing with two or more people, continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

AdvoKit will continue to monitor the rollout and share the latest news with you.

You can read more about the different phases in our article – When will you get a COVID vaccine?

Aspen Medical started rolling out the vaccine on 26 April in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. It says the focus will move to other states from mid-May – starting with South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

The Government says it's working to bring on more vaccine providers to support the vaccine rollout.

How disability workers can get the vaccine

Disability workers can get their vaccine at:

  • the residential disability accommodation where they work
  • a vaccination clinic near where they work.

Disability workers under 50 years old

Disability workers under 50 years old should go to a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic. These clinics have been set up because of blood clot concerns with the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 50 years old. You can read more about this in our article – AstraZeneca blood clot concerns.

The Pfizer vaccine clinics are run by the Australian Government, with support from Sonic Healthcare. The first Sonic HealthCare Pfizer clinics are in Sydney, New South Wales at the following locations:

  • Blacktown – opened Monday 3 May – open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week
  • Campbelltown – opened Monday 10 May – open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week
  • Sydney CBD – opens Monday 24 May – open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week
  • Macquarie Park – opens Monday 24 May from 2pm to 10pm Monday – Friday, and 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Disability workers under 50 years old can make a booking at a Pfizer clinic on the Sonic Healthcare vaccinations website.

The Australian Government hasn't announced when Pfizer clinics will be available for the rest of the country.

Disability workers over 50 years old

Disability workers over 50 years old can get the AstraZeneca vaccine at:

  • their local GP clinic
  • Commonwealth Vaccination Centres (previously GP-led Respiratory Clinics)
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS).

Workers can find a clinic near them on the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Vaccination updates from disability residential accommodation providers

The Department of Health has asked residential disability accommodation providers to give a weekly update on how many of their residents are vaccinated. The Department will give providers a template to give this information. These updates will continue until all residents are vaccinated, or have said they don't want to be vaccinated.

Information about the benefits and risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine

The Australian Government has released a decision guide to help people understand the benefits and risks of:

  • getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
  • not getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

For people over 50 years old, the Government says the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks. This is because of the:

  • possibility of another COVID-19 outbreak
  • higher risk of death for older people.

If you’re still not sure, talk to your GP or other health professional. They can help you make a decision that's right for you.

You can check out the decision guide on the Department of Health website.

Original resource

You can read the original Disability provider alert on the Department of Health website.

Date
14 May 2021
State
Applies to all states