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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.
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.
Disability workers can get their vaccine at:
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:
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:
Workers can find a clinic near them on the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.
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.
The Australian Government has released a decision guide to help people understand the benefits and risks of:
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:
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.
You can read the original Disability provider alert on the Department of Health website.