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The Australian Government announced a COVID-19 Vaccine National rollout plan which commenced 21 February 2021. Delivery of the vaccine is in phases, beginning with aged care and disability care residents and staff. 

Vaccine hesitancy

The Australian Department of Home Affairs website has Vaccine and Coronavirus myth-busting information.  If anyone is hesitant or unsure, speak with your doctor.

NDS has created two videos "COVID Vaccine - Getting it done in disability", to assist providers in encouraging their staff and participants to get a COVID-19 Vaccine. Part one talks to people getting their first vaccination and in part two we meet them again for their second vaccination.

Disability Sector Vaccine Uptake and Hesitancy - Worker Pulse Survey Template

The Worker Pulse Survey Template has been produced for providers to use with their own staff. Please use the survey in a manner that suits your needs.

Worker Pulse Survey Template (Word 37KB)

Additionally, NDS has created a Microsoft Forms template version so you don’t have to create it yourself. This 6 minute video shows you how to use the template, share the survey, and view the results.

NDS invites providers willing to contribute to the national summary to send their summary results to submit enquiry/feedback when the survey is completed. We will not identify any providers who contribute their results, only using the data to identify a sector map of the vaccine uptake and hesitancy.

Victorian proof of priority eligibility

Residential Disability support worker priority eligibility - August Vaccine Blitz

Residential disability care workers are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination from 23 to 29 August, 2021. Bring this letter to your appointment as proof of eligibility (digital copy is acceptable).

Residential Disability Support Worker Priority Eligibility (PDF 180KB)

Disability support worker priority eligibility

Victorian disability support workers aged 40 years or younger can use this letter as proof of eligibility for their COVID Vaccination at any Victorian high volume vaccination site and hospital or GP clinics where they can provide both types of COVID vaccines.

Disability Worker Proof of Eligibility (PDF 156KB)

People with disability priority eligibility

NDIS participants and other community members currently eligible for the vaccination program have priority access to vaccination hubs. This letter may be used as proof of eligibility.

People with Disability Proof of Eligibility (PDF 156KB)

Social Scripts

NDS has partnered with Amaze, to develop social scripts which outline the process of getting a COVID-19 vaccination at a mass vaccination hub or GP clinic. Autistic people may find the process of getting the vaccination stressful. These social scripts provide autistic people with an opportunity to prepare themselves for their vaccination and reduce anxiety.

The social scripts and further information can be found on the Amaze website.


COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out: Frequently Asked Questions


Disability Service Providers Toolkit

Department of Health Information for Disability Service Providers webpage

Department of Health Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines webpage

Department of Health Information for disability workers webpage

Webinars

Department of Health Webinar: Phase 1a COVID-19 disability vaccine rollout - 4 March 2021

Resources

Auslan videos

Easy Read resources

Vaccine Eligibility Checker

Provider Alerts

6 September 2021 | Department of Health Provider Alert

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31 August 2021 | Department of Health Provider Alert

16 August 2021 | Department of Health Provider Alert

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While there is no work, health and safety (WHS) requirement that you must implement a policy around the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important for all employers to review and update their organisational WHS policies regarding infection control and COVID-19 in the workplace. For disability organisations intending to mandate or even strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations, it is advisable to develop a vaccination policy.

WorkPlacePLUS has developed Q and A based guidance to assist providers in determining whether vaccinations should be mandated within their organisations. We recommend members seek tailored advice before finalising their decision.

Our partnership with WorkPlacePLUS means NDS members can access discounted, tailored IR and HR advice.

NDS is continuing to advocate at a federal and state level for COVID-19 vaccinations to be mandated via Public Health Orders. 

NDS's policy position

NDS's policy position on the vaccine was confirmed by the NDS Board on 11 February 2021.

NDS Policy Position (PDF 1.1MB) NDS Policy Position (Word 27KB)