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Disability provider alert: 2 Aug 2021

Vaccine In-Reach Program

The phase 1a rollout to disability residential accommodation sites continues to be a priority. Eligibility criteria include a person with a disability living in residential accommodation (in settings with two or more people with disability only). Under this program, Vaccine Administration Service (VAS) providers, administer and deliver in-reach vaccination services. These visits continue to be arranged and scheduled directly with providers.

The VAS provider contacts the site directly to arrange the date and time for a vaccination team to visit. The Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce is not involved in this arrangement.

The VAS provider asks the site coordinator the number of residents and staff needing to be vaccinated on the day. During the visit, all residents and staff present will get the Pfizer vaccine. It may be that other staff can also be vaccinated if there are remaining doses in addition to those needed for the 1a group.  

Access to vaccines for disability workers not eligible in phase 1a

While many disability workers can receive vaccinations as part of the phase 1a in-reach program, we encourage all support workers to take advantage of the other vaccination channels and options available to them.

Workers can access local GP and medical centres, state and territory clinics, primary care clinics, and ‘pop up’ clinics. For more information on these vaccination options please visit COVID-19 vaccine information for disability workers | Australian Government Department of Health.

Additionally, several community pharmacies are beginning to come online in most states and territories. Available community pharmacies can be found in your area by using the eligibility checker.  

Easy Reads

Easy reads are a great resource explaining complex subjects in an easy-to-understand way. We have just added this Easy Read about the AstraZeneca vaccine to the resources page – see the sampler below. An Easy Read about the Delta strain has also been added to the resources page.

COVID easy reads

Webinar for people with disability, their families, and carers

Thursday 5 August 2021 at 11.30am to 12.30pm AEST

The webinar will answer questions from people with disability, their families, and carers to support them through the vaccination program.

The panel answering questions will be a mix of health professionals, COVID-19 Vaccine Disability Taskforce staff and a person from the disability community who has navigated their way through the vaccination process.

Find more details and register for the webinar here. 

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a lump sum support payment available for workers adversely affected by state public health orders.

Disability support workers who are losing work entitlements because of the current COVID-19 outbreak in the below states may be eligible for this payment.

Services Australia has recently restructured their COVID-19 Disaster Payment content to group the information by state as per the links below:
For further, information about these payments, refer to COVID-19 Disaster Payment - Services Australia.

CALD COVID-19 Health Small Grants Fund

The Australian Government has engaged the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) to administer a CALD COVID-19 Small Grants Fund. This fund is to support multicultural community groups to design and lead grassroots communication activities, tailored to meet the needs of their communities.

Visit the CALD COVID-19 Small Grants Fund webpage or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about how to apply.