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Information for employees, clients and friends on COVID-19 vaccine
121 Care operate a number of supported independent living (SIL) facilities through Guardien Group as well as supported living accommodations through Colville Lodge and Winston House. In addition, 121 Care provide support workers and support coordination services to a number of clients with disabilities, in their homes as well as allied health services through Suncoast Integrated Therapies. The majority of our clients have underlying health and/or medical issues that make them vulnerable to COVID-19, which requires us to ensure that we do everything possible to prevent entry of the virus into the homes and facilities that we work in, and operate. The cooperation of all staff and members of the public is very important in this regard.
To assist in keeping information accessible and available to anyone who may have a family member or friend supported by us, we have provided information fact sheets and links below to help with any questions you may have with respect to COVID-19. The Government of Australia launched phase one (Phase 1b) of the five-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout across Australia on 22 February. Phase 1b is expected to rollout on 24 March. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and voluntary for everyone. Understandably, people are cautious and concerned about how the vaccine will affect them and what side effects they may experience after receiving the vaccine. It is important that you ask as many questions as you are comfortable asking, so you have peace of mind.
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To find out when it’s your turn, please use the COVID-19 Vaccine – Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Once you have completed answering the list of questions, you have the option of registering your interest to receive notification for your phase of the rollout if it isn’t in effect already. If you are already eligible in the current phase, you can make a booking immediately. By entering your postcode, a list of medical practitioners will be provided for you to select from to call and book an appointment.
The priority groups from the start of rollout are the elderly, people with disability, frontline health and border security workers, as well as First Nations people. Here is where you may be eligible:
Phase 1a – started 22 February 2021.
- Person with a disability living in residential accommodation (with two or more people with disability).
- A paid worker providing support to people living in residential accommodation with two or more people with disability.
Phase 1b – expected to rollout on 24 March 2021.
- People with disability aged over 70 and over.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
- People with disability with underlying medical conditions such as those who are immunocompromised, have multiple comorbidities, chronic lung disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and/or, obesity.
Phase 2a – expected to rollout in May 2021. Date to be advised.
- Adults aged 50 – 69 years.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.
- Other critical high-risk workers.
Phase 2b – expected to roll out in mid-2021. Date to be advised.
- Balance of the adult population
- Any Australian unvaccinated in the previous phases
Phase 3 – date to be advised.
- Australian aged under 16 years if recommended.
As the various phases continue to be rolled out, please continue to observe COVID-safe practices including the following:
- practise good hygiene
- practise physical distancing
- follow the limits for public gatherings
- understand how to isolate if you need to.
Support workers for people with disabilities experiencing any of the side-effects of their vaccination can contact their local Public Health Unit or COVID_AEFI@health.qld.gov.au
Quick links to additional resources
COVID-19 vaccination – Easy Read resources Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines COVID-19 vaccines – latest news COVID-19 vaccines – latest news NDIS COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out update Therapeutic Goods Association – COVID-19 vaccines Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national rollout strategy COVID-19 Vaccine – Vaccine Eligibility Checker COVID-19 vaccination – Monitoring and reporting side effects
Clients seeking information on services can contact Jeanie on 0477 770 900 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employees of 121 Care, Guardien Group, Winston House and Colville Lodge with email addresses linked to @121care, @colvillelodge, @guardien, @winstonhouse – can register for our Employee Assistance Programme with AccessEAP and book a counselling appointment or view the online resources available.
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Employees seeking more information on AccessEAP or their employment can contact us on E: email@example.com