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COVID-19 vaccinations update – 29 March 2021

We have recently received more information about Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination.

The following people are eligible to receive a vaccine in this Phase 1b:

· Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a

· Critical and high-risk workers currently employed

· People 70 years and over

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years and over

· People 18 years and over with an underlying medical condition, including disability.

While we have already provided information directly to our staff we wanted to share information to the rest of the Melba community. This includes:

Eligible people with disability

People with disability 18 years and over with an underlying medical condition are eligible for Phase 1b. The Department of Health have developed a presentation about priority groups for COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Phase 1b, which includes a list of underlying medical conditions. This includes people with disability who require frequent assistance with activities of daily living as well as people living with Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, or severe intellectual disability.

Proof of eligibility

People with disability can rely on their GP clinic’s records as evidence when receiving the vaccination.

For people with disability attending a vaccination site other than their regular GP clinic, they can rely on medical records as evidence such as:

  • MyHealth Record

  • Clinical records from a GP

  • A referral from GP or treating specialist

  • A printout of your medical history as recorded in your clinical records;

  • A printout of your chronic disease care plan; a discharge summary from a hospital or other medical facility; or

  • A valid script or medication prescribed to treat one or more of the relevant medical conditions

Where none of these are available, individuals may complete an Eligibility Declaration Form.

Eligible Carers

Carers (paid and unpaid) are eligible to receive a vaccine in Phase 1b if they are a carer of:

  • a resident of an aged care facility or residential disability accommodation who is eligible under phase 1a

  • a person 70 years and over who is eligible under phase 1b

  • a person with a specified underlying medical condition who is eligible under phase 1b

  • a child with a specified underlying medical condition who would be eligible under Phase 1b if they were 18 or older

Family members of people with disability who are not carers are not eligible in Phase 1b.

Proof of eligibility Carers documentation (such as proof of a carer payment or Eligibility Declaration Form) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Eligible volunteers

Disability support volunteers who provide support to people in their homes, respite care, educational, employment, leisure settings and/or residential settings, including those providing transport and advocacy services are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1b.

Proof of eligibility

Volunteer documentation (such as letter from employer/ centre-based support provider or Eligibility Declaration Form) will be required to demonstrate eligibility.

Where to get vaccinated

People eligible for Phase 1b will be able to access vaccinations at:

  • GP respiratory clinics

  • general practices that meet specific requirements

  • Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and

  • state-run vaccination clinics

You may also be able to be vaccinated at your regular GP practice if they have signed up to deliver vaccinations.

Most individuals in Phase 1b will make an appointment through the COVID Vaccine Information and Location Service or the provider’s own booking system and attend a vaccination site to be vaccinated.

When booking, be patient, it may take a little while to get an appointment.

How to book a vaccination in Phase 1b

Vaccination bookings can be made by using the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker on the Department of Health website.

More information on booking vaccination appointments can also be provided by the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.


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