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Covid vaccination eligibility expanded for NDIS participants

NDIS participants aged 16 years and over and carers aged 16 years and over of NDIS participants of any age are now eligible to receive the Covid vaccine.  NDIS participants will be able to find a vaccination site using the Department of Health’s eligibility checker. 

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“It is a particularly important step forward that both paid and unpaid carers of NDIS participants are now able to get the vaccination as soon as possible, and I would like to thank Carers Australia for their advocacy on this issue,” NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds said.

There are now many locations participants and carers can receive their vaccination, with more in the coming weeks. Find out more at: http://health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines

Dedicated vaccination hubs have already opened in key locations across the country for NDIS participants.

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In Victoria, in addition to the disability specific hub in Thomastown, the Commonwealth is partnering with Life Without Barriers in Dandenong to establish a disability specific hub. Life Without Barriers is also setting more hubs in Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast and an Aspen Medical community-based disability specific hub is being opened in Medindie, South Australia. NDIS providers in Western Australia are also working directly with the Commonwealth and contract vaccine providers to vaccinate NDIS participants, carers and support workers, in areas including Cannington.

Currently the four key channels of access to vaccination include:

  • Primary care sites – more than 4,600 sites, including general practices (GPs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services and Commonwealth Vaccination clinics
  • State and Territory operated clinics – more than 600 state and territory operated vaccination clinics
  • Commonwealth in-reach and hubs – both in-reach services and dedicated hubs are being progressively established in partnership with NDIS providers to provide accessible and safe vaccination for people with a disability
  • GP in-reach –GPs are supporting individuals in residential disability settings by providing in-reach services to administer vaccinations for sites identified by disability service providers.

A new national $150 support payment is available to help providers assist NDIS supported independent living participants eligible within Phase 1a to attend offsite vaccination locations, including the new hubs with further Covid related supports being provided by the National Disability Insurance Agency.