The Department of Health have issued an alert to advise that National Cabinet has agreed to open access to COVID-19 vaccines from 8 June 2021 to:
- all NDIS participants aged 16 years and over; and
- carers aged 16 years and over of NDIS participants of any age.
The following people with disability are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:
- residents of disability residential accommodation settings (with two or more people with disability)
- people living with disability (such as Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, or severe intellectual disability) and need frequent assistance with activities of daily living
- people with disability who attend centre-based services such as day programs, respite care or supported employment
- all NDIS participants aged 16 years and over
- people with disability who have an underlying medical condition.
Disability support worker meeting
The Australian Government Department of Health will host a virtual meeting on Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 11:30am-12:30pm (AEST). The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions from disability support workers about the COVID-19 vaccination program. Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer will chair the discussion.
The panel will also include:
- Professor Nick Lennox, Senior Medical Advisor, Health and Disability Interface
- Chris Faulkner, the Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force – Disability
A Life Without Barriers representative, and a disability support worker will also be on the panel to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccination program.
An Eventbrite link to the meeting can be found at this link.
The above information is taken as an extract from the alert.