Tuesday 18 May 2021
Dear sector colleagues,
The Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) has released a Disability Provider Alert to provide an update on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to the disability sector.
Please refer to the 13 May 2021 Disability Provider Alert for further information, including a link to a new AstraZeneca Easy Read document.
A new NDIS COVID-19 Vaccine Provider alert, which includes links to NDIS Commission vaccine resources, is also available on the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission website.
Based on advice from the Commonwealth, SA Health has prepared a detailed update on access to COVID-19 vaccines for people living and working in residential disability facilities. The update provides information on the in-reach delivery model, the vaccine type and scope of responsibility for each in-reach provider, and links to resources and further information on the vaccines.
GP clinics will begin offering vaccines to South Australians aged 50 years and over from this week.
The South Australia Government is further supporting this by redistributing 30,000 vaccine doses to GPs to maximise the rollout. GP clinics across the state will start to receive their share of the additional doses within the next two weeks following a recent expression of interest process.
The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in South Australia will be further supported with the opening of the Noarlunga mass vaccination clinic on Tuesday 25 May and the Elizabeth mass vaccination clinic on Monday 31 May.
As with the Wayville clinic at the Adelaide Showgrounds, the Noarlunga and Elizabeth sites will also be ‘dual stream’ clinics, delivering both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine, to give more eligible South Australians access to the vaccination.
Bookings are now open for the Noarlunga clinic via the SA Health website and will open in the coming days for the Elizabeth clinic.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout across South Australia will be undertaken in line with the Commonwealth Government’s Vaccine Roadmap.
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations at COVID-19 Vaccination.
If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact DHS’s COVID-19 Response team at DHSCOVIDResponse@sa.gov.au
Ngaityalya (Kaurna: thank you)