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Friday 18 June 2021
Dear sector colleague,
The Disability Royal Commission held its public hearing in Adelaide last week, examining experiences of people with disability in state-run accommodation services in South Australia.
Several of our staff were asked to share information publicly, while a great many others were involved in sourcing and contributing information to assist the Royal Commission in its investigation. Participating in a public hearing is not easy and I’m grateful for the honesty, transparency and tireless commitment of DHS staff involved. I’d also like to acknowledge the courage it takes for families and guardians to publicly share the experiences of their loved ones living with disability.
While we now have some of the strongest safeguards in place for people with disability, we recognise we could have done better in the past and will continue to strive for the best outcomes for the people we support. We look forward to receiving any recommendations the Commission may have to improve policies, structures, and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.
In COVID-19 news, yesterday the Commonwealth Government accepted new medical advice that recommends the Pfizer vaccine as the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60.
As a result, SA Health vaccination clinics will now offer everyone aged 50 to 59 a Pfizer vaccine, if Pfizer is available at that clinic. SA Health is currently working through how this change will be accommodated at the clinics that only offer the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In line with this advice, it is important to note that people who have had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and did not experience any serious adverse effects will be offered a second AstraZeneca dose.
Further information about this revised advice for the AstraZeneca vaccine can be found at COVID-19 vaccination, and you can book your vaccination appointment via the SA Health website.
I encourage you to stay up to date with the latest quarantine and testing requirements and border restrictions that are currently in place for parts of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland by visiting the SA Health contact tracing website. This continues to be an evolving situation, and it is up to all of us to ensure that we are following the health guidelines put in place by SA Health.
(Kaurna, thank you)