THE COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM
There are two vaccines that have now been tested and approved by the Australian Government, to treat against COVID-19. The number of doses available is limited, so the Government is offering them to people who are at greater risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19.
People with disability and workers in residential services and disability care group homes will be among the first to be offered the vaccine. The next priority group will include some people with disability, who are at greater risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19, including:
- People with disability aged 70 and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability
- People with disability with underlying medical conditions such as:
- multiple comorbidities
- chronic lung disease
- cardiovascular disease
- severe obesity.
The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary. You can choose whether to have the vaccination or not.
There are several resources that outline information about the vaccine, information specific to people with disability, and how you are able to access the vaccine in South Australia.
Information about the Vaccine, Eligibility and Rollout Program
The Australian Government has prepared several resources. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination please visit the Department of Health website page https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/):
- vaccination information for people with a disability. Auslan videos are included.
- vaccine rollout and high priority groups
- learn about COVID-19 vaccines
- Easy-read resources
- Information in Your Language translations of information about Covid-19 vaccination in over 60 languages
South Australian-Specific Information
A summary of information has been compiled by the SA Government about the Vaccine and SA rollout. It provides information to assist you in making an informed decision about vaccination, and information to support your decision. Included are links to more specific information for people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, accessible reads, Frequently Asked Questions, health information and mental health support.
In our rollout, COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times. Learn more about eligibility here.
Resources are also being developed 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. More information will be provided about this process.
You can also contact DACSSA to discuss what consent means and how it might apply to your situation.
IF I CHOOSE NOT TO GET THE VACCINE?
COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary and you can decide whether you want to be vaccinated or not.
If a disability service provider or support worker refuses to continue providing supports to you because you decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it could be a breach of the NDIS Code of Conduct (NDIS Providers), In this case, a complaint can be made to the NDIS Commission.
For more information
Australian Government, state and territory government helplines will be have information on how people with disability can access the vaccine.
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
- The National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): For translating and interpreting services call 131 450 and ask for the helpline you would like to be connected to.
National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline
If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.