The Department of Health has commenced the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations for the residential aged care and disability sectors.
The vaccine currently available is the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is prioritised for people under 60 years of age and is administered in two doses, three weeks apart. A fact sheet on the Pfizer vaccine is available here. The AstraZeneca vaccine is prioritised for people aged 60 years and over and is administered in two doses, four to twelve weeks apart. A fact sheet on the AstraZeneca vaccine is available here.
People who are currently eligible include:
- A person with disability aged 16 – 39.
- A paid worker providing support to people with disability or any person who regularly engages with a person providing support.
- Any person aged 40 or older.
How do I get the vaccine?
- Having the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary.
- All Sunnyfield clients and staff (casual and permanent) will have priority access to COVID-19 vaccinations if they choose.
- Staff who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccination are required to show proof of occupation (ID card or letter from Sunnyfield).
- Clients who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccination are required to complete a consent form.
- The consent form emphasises the need for consultation with the individual’s GP prior to making any personal decision.
- Sunnyfield will contact each client’s Legal Guardian and/or Medical Decision Maker regarding the client’s and guardian’s decision about consent.
- We understand medical staff engaged by the Department of Health will visit Sunnyfield sites to administer the vaccine to clients and staff who give written consent to receive it.
- The COVID-19 vaccination is free.
Additional information on the Covid-19 vaccination rollout
- Covid-19 Vaccination Consent Form
- Covid-19 Vaccine information for people with disability
- Covid-19 Vaccine information in your language
- Covid-19 Vaccination latest news and updates