Victorian Disability, Ageing and Carers Minister Luke Donnellan has announced the government will inject a $5 million boost to vaccination rates amongst people living with a disability.
“We’re launching ten dedicated disability pop-ups in areas of concern and expanding our successful disability liaison service by 16 extra officers,” Mr Donnellan said at a media conference on Thursday.
“As of September 30, more than 71 per cent of Victorian NDIS participants aged 16 and over had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine compared to 67 per cent of the national average.”
Mr Donnellan said while this rate was slightly better than previous, it was still not good enough.
“Of the NDIS participants in Victoria living in disability residential accommodation, more than 81 per cent have received a first dose at least.
“But vaccination rates for Victorians living with a disability are still lower than the general population, as I indicated a minute ago, at 84.4 per cent. ”
“We’ve got to keep pushing through – that’s why from October 8, all of Victoria’s state-run vaccination centres will support people with disabilities to get vaccinated any time without a booking.”