COVID-19 Vaccination roll out
The Australian Government has commenced rolling out the COVID-19 vaccinations. People with a disability living in a residential setting along with their support workers will be among those given priority access to a COVID-19 vaccination as part of Phase 1a.
Phase 1b commenced on Monday 22 March.
We strongly encourage and will support our clients and workforce to have the COVID-19 vaccination.
While we heartened the COVID-19 vaccination will soon be available, we are aware it does not guarantee against getting or spreading COVID-19. Therefore, it is still vitally important to continue to wash hands, maintain physical distance of 1.5 metres and stay home if you are sick and get tested for COVID-19.
Keep visiting this page for updated information about the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.
The rollout of Australia’s vaccine program has begun in Australia from 22 February 2021.
People with disability and staff in disability care group homes will be among the first to access the vaccine.
Why is vaccination important?
Some people with disability are at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a safe and effective way of protecting you, your family and the community. It also protects other people who may not be able to be vaccinated.
How much does a dose of Vaccination cost?
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia and all people in Australia such as refugees, without Medicare card are eligible to receive it.
Where will staff and client get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Many people with disability living in group residential support settings will get their Vaccination at their residence. In-reach vaccination teams, managed by the Australian Government, will provide these vaccinations.
Family members of people with disability are not identified as a priority group by Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI).
Type of Vaccines and number of doses
The Pfizer vaccine will require two doses, given at least 21 days apart.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has been provisionally approved vaccine can be safely administered 4-12 weeks apart.
More information about doses of other COVID-19 vaccines will become available as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approves them for use in Australia.
COVID-19 transmission after Vaccination
Clinical trials have shown that the vaccines protect against COVID-19 symptoms and severe disease after receiving two doses.
The TGA will continue to monitor the ongoing research to understand how the vaccines work overtime.
It is important to continue practising good hygiene, physical distancing and other COVIDSafe recommendations, even after receiving Vaccination.
Is Vaccination Mandatory?
Vaccinations in Australia are voluntary, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Able Australia management will continue to provide support information to encourage staff and client to receive the Vaccination.
Resources are currently under development to support people with disability who are unable to consent themselves. Informed consent for each dose of the Vaccination must be appropriately given and recorded on their behalf. Staff will be provided more information about this process.
The Department of Health has a webpage with FAQs for people with disability about the COVID-19 vaccines, which you can view here.
For further information regarding the Australian Government’s plan for vaccines and treatments visit Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy.
For reliable information regarding vaccines visit:
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Australian Academy of Science
- World Health Organisation
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Last updated 25 March 2021.
COVID-19 Easy read
Here are some easy read information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination
- COVID-19 Vaccination Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – What is it?
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – Who will get the vaccine?
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – Where can you get the vaccine?
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – Getting ready for the vaccine.
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – What to expect when you have your vaccine
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – Giving your consent
- COVID-19 – Vaccination – After your vaccination