State and Federal governments need to act now to ramp up vaccination among people with disability, improve pandemic preparedness, and implement best practice responses to outbreaks in disability group homes.
COVID-19 vaccination is the cornerstone of the global strategy to control the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2021, the Commonwealth government prioritised access to COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability living in group homes and people with chronic physical and mental health conditions – which many people with disability have. They also prioritised access to disability support workers.
People with disability living in groups homes, and the workers who support them, were prioritised in Phase 1a – the highest priority group. There have been many reports of people with disability having difficulty accessing the vaccine, particularly those in group homes. While data on vaccination seems to be available for people with disability and workers, it is rarely publicly reported.