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Sarah's Soundbite: October

Across Victoria there is anticipation around reunions with family, friends and the activities we enjoy, with the COVID-19 vaccination rate rapidly closing in on 80 per cent and the state reopening.

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Read answers to top up your knowledge on COVID-19 vaccinations and other timely topics. Got a question on your mind? NDS members can ask the Helpdesk.

Vic COVID-19 Update: Initiatives to boost disability vaccination rate

man wearing surgical mask in city. Text reads COVID-19 news update


What you need to know

  • No bookings required for people with disability at state-run clinics from 8 October
  • Additional Disability Liaison Officers and Vaccine Ambassadors
  • Healthcare Australia is partnering with Aruma to create four disability vaccinations hubs with bookings required

NDS welcomes the Victorian Government $5 million initiative to boost vaccination rates for people with disability. This will see the introduction of 10 dedicated pop-up clinics for people with disability, and priority walk-up access at all State-run vaccination centres.

Currently, around 71 per cent Victorians aged 16 or over with disability have had their first dose of a vaccine. This lags behind the 84 per cent for the general population in Victoria. Some groups of people with disability have very low vaccination rates.

New Victorian Government vaccination support for the disability sector

People with disability will be prioritised at all Victorian state-run vaccination centres from Friday 8 October to access vaccination at any time without a booking. This includes state-run centres with enhanced accessibility, pop-ups, drive-through clinics and a dedicated new low-sensory site at La Trobe University.

Ten dedicated disability vaccination pop-up clinics will operate during October in targeted Local Government Areas.

Sixteen additional disability liaison officers (DLOs) will provide extra assistance for people with disability to access vaccinations. See more information and bookings for disability liaison officers.

Vaccine ambassadors from hearing, autism and other disability partners will be established to promote vaccine uptake and provide case management.

Commonwealth-funded disability vaccination hubs

The Australian Government vaccination program has added vaccination hubs for disability workers, participants, and their carers in Victoria. Healthcare Australia (contracted by the Australian Government) has partnered with disability provider Aruma to provide vaccination at four Aruma sites in Victoria.

These hubs require bookings. The hubs will be available in October for the first vaccination dose and in November for the second dose.

The vaccination hub details are:

Location First dose Second dose
Reservoir 11 to 15 October 1 to 5 November
Shepparton 12 to 15 October 2 to 5 November
Ballarat 12 to 15 October 2 to 5 November
Morwell 12 to 15 October 2 to 5 November

Criteria for bookings

To receive vaccinations at Aruma, attendees must be:

  • People with a disability (12 year or over)
  • Paid or unpaid carers or support staff of someone with a disability
  • Workers in the disability sector
  • Healthcare workers
  • Aged care Workers
  • People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait islanders
  • Family members of any of the above categories (including children over 12 years)
Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Fordyce, State Manager Victoria, submit enquiry/feedback, show phone number