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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Department of Health Webinar: Phase 1a COVID-19 disability vaccine rollout - 4 March 2021
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 on the vaccine was confirmed by the NDS Board on 11 February 2021.