With the roll-out of the anticipated Covid-19 vaccine, it is understandable if you have a lot of questions or feelings of uncertainty. Hopefully we can ease any concerns in this article, which comes directly from NDIS sources.
Who will get the vaccine first?
Everyone in Australia will be offered a safe, free and effective COVID-19 vaccine – however the first group to be issued it will be those working and living in aged and disability care. At current, the vaccine is not compulsory, but this may be something to think about if you wish to travel or work within any health sectors. If it did become mandatory, there are exemptions for those who cannot be vaccinated because of medical conditions.
Please note, the vaccine will be mandatory for all of our staff, and you can read more about how we are approaching COVID-19 here.
The priority group to receive the vaccine shortly after will be those at risk of becoming especially sick if they were to contract COVID-19. You can find the full list here. Other priority groups will include quarantine and healthcare workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and frontline emergency workers.
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
You will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a number of places. If you live in, or work in a group care setting, you will most likely receive the vaccination at that residence. As the vaccine rolls-out and happens more, locations like general practices (that meet requirements), Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, State-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies should be issuing the vaccine. If you absolutely cannot get to a location, home visits may be available in the future, however this is not confirmed and you will have to wait for that information.
Is there any COVID-19 vaccine information available for NDIS recipients?
NDIS is working to aid their patients with the vaccination process, and have posted a few resources online.
The Department of Health has also published a dedicated web page for people with disability.
Your NDIS provider will be doing their best to ensure you’re safe from unnecessary risk of being exposed to the virus because they will be doing the required social distancing, hand washing and mask-wearing, as well as receiving the latest updates regarding the virus – which should include any that are to do with the vaccine. They will also notify you of any changes to your supports – for example, not being able to conduct any regular activities you may partake in.
Aside from this, they will of course be following the standard NDIS code of conduct, which you can refer to anytime on the NDIS website.
Watch our video to find out more about how we are approaching Covid-19.
For more in-depth information from government official pages, please refer to the pages below.