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Disability sector alert from the Australian Government – 19 May

On 19 May, the Australian Government sent the latest disability alert. These alerts give regular updates to the disability sector about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. 

Updated information for people with disability

The Department of Health has updated its webpage of vaccination information for people with disability. The updates include extra information on the different ways people with disability and their carers can access vaccinations. Check the Department of Health website for more information.

All the Australian Government’s Easy Read vaccination resources are also being updated. You can find the current Easy Read information on the Department of Health website.

How the vaccine rollout is going

Aspen Medical is now vaccinating people with disability in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory who are:

  • eligible under phase 1a
  • living in residential accommodation with two or more people.

From this week, Aspen Medical will start vaccinating people in Victoria.

From 24 May, Aspen Medical will start vaccinating people in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

From 31 May, Aspen Medical will start vaccinating people in Western Australia.

The Government is also talking to another vaccine provider to increase vaccination numbers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This new vaccine provider should be starting in mid-June. 

Vaccines for people with disability aged 50 and over

The Australian Government is making it easier for people with disability who live in residential accommodation and are 50 or over to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Government is working with Primary Health Networks to deliver AstraZeneca for people eligible under phase 1a. They are delivering the vaccines through:

  • general practitioners (GPs)
  • Commonwealth vaccination clinics
  • Aboriginal community-controlled health services.

Primary Health Networks will contact disability providers in the next few weeks to ask if they want a GP to come to their disability accommodation. GPs will then be able to give AstraZeneca vaccinations onsite to residents aged 50 and over.

Disability providers will need to make sure that residents have given their consent first. You can find an updated consent form on the Department of Health website.  

In Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory

In the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory, Aspen Medical will be organising the rollout to people with disability aged 50 and over.

In the Australian Capital Territory, all staff, volunteers and residents in disability care can get vaccinated at the Garran clinic, no matter how old they are. These people can make an appointment by calling (02) 5124 7700.

Survey of vaccinations in disability accommodation

The NDIA will be calling all disability providers in the next few days to ask how vaccinations of their residents and staff are going. They will be asking if people have been vaccinated and where they got their vaccination.

Infographics showing how people can be vaccinated

The Australian Government has created two infographics showing how people with disability and their carers can be vaccinated. The infographics show the different ways and places that people can be vaccinated depending on their age. The Government attached the infographics to the original 19 May alert and you can find them on the Disability provider alert 19 May page.

Information on what happens after your vaccination

The Australian Government has put together information about what happens after you’ve been vaccinated. The information includes:

  • common reactions
  • checking and reporting any side effects
  • keeping up COVID safe processes.

You can find this information on the Department of Health website.

Vaccination training

The Australian Government and the Australian College of Nursing have created free, accredited training for people providing COVID-19 vaccinations. All vaccine providers must do the training.

Parts of this training are available for administrative staff and disability providers, though it’s not compulsory. You can find more information about the training on the Department of Health website.

Original resource

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

Date
20 May 2021
State
Applies to all states