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COVID 19 Vaccination - St John of God Accord Disability Services update


February 24, 2021

Message from Lisa Evans, Chief Executive Officer

COVID vaccination rollout – update

This week, the first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered across Australia. In the coming weeks and months, priority groups such as people with disability living in supported independent living (SIL), disability support workers in residential services and other people with a disability, who are considered at higher risk will receive vaccinations.

This is what we know to date.

Vaccination process for priority groups as follows;

  1. People with disability and workers in residential services will be among the first to access the vaccine.
  2. 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: immunocompromised; multiple comorbidities, chronic lung disease, diabetes; cardiovascular disease; obesity

Based on advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), family members of people with disability are not identified as a priority group by ATAGI.  However, some family members and some people with disability will be part of other priority groups and you can click on the link below to see more detail about the priority groups; NDIS COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out update

Consent

We will provide more information on the consent process for clients and caregivers in our accommodation settings as we learn more in the coming weeks. Also, feel free to speak to your GP as well about the vaccination process.

Where you will get your 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.

Later this year, as more vaccine doses become available, people will be able to access vaccinations at;

  • GP respiratory clinics
  • general practices that meet specific requirements
  • Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services
  • State-run vaccination clinics, and pharmacies.
  • All locations offering COVID-19 vaccination should be accessible, including physical access and communication.
  • Home visits may be available for people who are unable to visit a COVID-19 vaccination location on a case-by-case basis.

At St John of God Accord we have COVID safe plans in place across all our sites and services, including stringent screening processes. There are a number of videos on the Government’s website to access if you need further clarification.

Online Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines - How Vaccines Work: Auslan
COVID-19 Vaccines - Australia's COVID-19 Vaccines: Auslan
COVID-19 Vaccines - Priority Rollout Animation: Auslan

For information about the vaccination in other languages you can go to:

COVID-19 Information in your Language - Australian Government Department of Health

Please feel to contact me on CEO.Accord@sjog.org.au if you have questions