A vaccination hub dedicated to persons with disabilities will be opened, accelerating the deployment of vaccinations

The government has set up a dedicated vaccination hub to provide additional options for people with disabilities to be vaccinated.

“These hubs allow providers to work with the federal government and vaccine providers to enable some of the most vulnerable Australians and their support workers and caregivers to vaccinate more quickly. “National Disability Insurance System (NDIS) Minister Linda Reynolds said..

As of June 1, approximately 38,000 NDIS participants have been vaccinated at least once, according to Reynolds.

The Australian Government has received a lot of criticism of its deployment, including the slow pace of vaccination of people with disabilities and those receiving elderly care.

Audience at ABC Q & A Show Said The government has shown that there is “no urgency or duty of care” to protect people with disabilities from COVID-19, and despite being prioritized in rollout plans, people with disabilities are “retrofitted”. I felt that it was treated as.

Liberal Rep. Tim Wilson, on the other hand, is phasing out by targeting different sections of the population based on risk profiles, with people at highest risk of serious health being the top priority. Said that.

“People with disabilities do not automatically respond to the challenge,” Wilson said. “This is a gradual development, people with disabilities are an important part of the conversation, but there are other subsections of the population with a more urgent risk profile.”

In partnership with Life Without Barriers, a disability-specific vaccination hub will open next week in Dandenong, Victoria, in addition to Thomastown’s existing hub.

Life Without Barriers will also set up a base for people with disabilities in Newcastle and the Central Coast of New South Wales this month.

Aspen Medical plans to open a dedicated hub for people with disabilities in Medindie, South Australia next week.

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Australian Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds speaks during a Senate investigation at the Canberra Parliament Building on May 3, 2021. (AAP Image / Lukas Coch)

“We are particularly grateful to all disability donors who are willing to understand the needs of individual participants and are well-positioned to facilitate access to community vaccination sites.” Reynolds said.

Earlier this week, Reynolds went to off-site vaccination sites, including a new hub, for $ 150 (US $ 115) nationwide to help providers assisting qualified NDIS support participants living on their own. Announced payment of support money.

“Paying new grants recognizes the important role of healthcare providers and the complexity of vaccination of participants within a network of approximately 6,000 private homes.”

Previous research According to the University of Melbourne, half of the disabled support workers do not plan to receive the vaccine immediately, and 17% of them do not plan to receive it at all. This study was conducted prior to the discovery that AstraZeneca causes a rare blood clot in the brain.

David Moody, Chief Executive Officer of National Disability Services, said: Told SBS In April, there were concerns about the level of hesitation and hoped that vaccines in this sector would become mandatory.

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