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  • Disability sector alert from the Australian Government – 19 May

    Thursday May 20 2021

    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 […]

  • Disability provider alert from the Australian Government – 13 May

    Friday May 14 2021

    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 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 […]

  • Government gives up on original vaccine target

    Tuesday April 20 2021

    The Prime Minister has given up on all adult Australians getting their first vaccine doses by the end of October. It may not happen now until next year. The Australian Government won’t put a time on Australia’s vaccine rollout after giving up the October target due to blood clot concerns with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The […]

  • 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. […]

  • When will you get a COVID vaccine?

    Thursday February 18 2021

    Australians have started receiving the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The Australian Government expects 60,000 doses to be rolled out by the end of February 2021. The vaccines will be rolled out over three phases. The phases are based on who is at the highest risk of catching COVID and who is at […]

  • A new Disability Response Centre for coronavirus

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Australian and Victorian governments are working together to improve how they respond to, and manage, coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability residential care. To do this, they are focussing on supporting staff and services to limit the number of places a staff member can work, as well as improving how they manage outbreaks through a […]

  • The social bubble – what is it?

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    As part of the Victorian Government’s plan to gradually ease out of Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne and Stage 3 in regional Victoria, people will soon be able to create a ‘social bubble’. From 14 September, people living alone and single parents will be allowed to choose one person from another home to visit. This […]

  • Coronavirus resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disability

    Tuesday June 9 2020

    First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) has a dedicated web page with information and resources to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disability through coronavirus. FPDN is a national organisation run by and for Australia’s First Peoples with disability, their families and communities. FPDN advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with […]