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  • UK is finding people with intellectual disability are getting left behind by the needle vaccine

    Friday March 19 2021

    The United Kingdom is well into its COVID-19 vaccination program, as they started vaccinating people in December last year. This makes them a good nation for Australia to watch and learn from as we begin our own vaccination rollout. In the UK, they’re finding that many people with intellectual or learning disability are really struggling […]

  • Keep up-to-date on the latest vaccination information from the Australian Government

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Government has created a webpage with information for people with disability about the COVID-19 vaccines. It will update the page regularly as new information about the rollout of vaccines comes up. The page currently has information on: when and where you will get your vaccinations likely side effects from the vaccines vaccination of […]

  • Planning for the vaccine – resources for disability providers

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Government has put together a collection of information and resources for providers to help them plan for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. The Government has created a disability provider webpage that will be updated regularly with a range of relevant vaccination information. It has also put together a toolkit to help providers get ready […]

  • Use of restrictive practices for vaccinations

    Friday March 19 2021

    The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has created a fact sheet for NDIS providers about supporting people with disability to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The fact sheet includes information on complying with restrictive practices rules. The NDIS Commission has designed the information to help providers understand their obligations for the vaccinations. It also covers information […]

  • Guide for healthcare providers on getting vaccination consent

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has put together a guide for healthcare providers about getting informed consent from people. A healthcare provider giving a vaccination must get the person’s consent before vaccinating them. They must get and record informed consent for each dose of the vaccination. Consent can be either verbal or […]

  • Giving your consent for a COVID vaccination

    Friday March 19 2021

    Getting a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination is voluntary. Each person can decide whether they want to get vaccinated or not. This includes people in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The healthcare provider giving the vaccination must get your consent before vaccinating you. If you have a guardian or other decision-maker, they also need to consent […]

  • Who will get the COVID vaccine next? 

    Friday March 19 2021

    Vaccinations are starting to roll out around Australia. The first high-risk group of frontline health and quarantine workers, as well as people living and working in aged and disability residential services, have already started to receive theirs. So, who is in the next group to be offered vaccinations? The next high priority group includes people […]

  • New Easy Read resources about COVID-19 vaccinations

    Wednesday February 24 2021

    The Australian Government has developed a suite of Easy Read resources about the Pfizer vaccine and the rollout of vaccinations. There are 10 resources available online that include information on: what is the vaccine and is it safe? what the vaccine does who gets the vaccine and who gets it first? where you can get […]

  • What is the UK COVID variant?

    Thursday February 18 2021

    Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne have all had recent cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) come out of hotel quarantine and into the community. Governments have been particularly worried about these cases because they have been UK variants of the virus, which is even more contagious than the original virus. What is a variant? When viruses move from […]

  • AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in Australia

    Thursday February 18 2021

    Australia’s medical regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The Australian Government has ordered 53.8 million doses of the vaccine, most of which will be made in Melbourne. Most Australians will get this vaccine rather than the Pfizer vaccine, which will start being used at the end of February. […]