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All about the vaccine

Information about the vaccination roll-out and how it impacts our customers and staff.

Information current as at 19 March 2021

Australia celebrated a positive COVID-19 milestone on Sunday 21 February, when the Federal Government kicked off Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine program.

Under the Government’s national roll-out strategy, customers and staff who live and work in a Supported Independent Living (SIL) home will be among the first to access the vaccine under ‘phase 1a’.

It is a huge logistical task for the Government.

Here’s where things are at for Aruma…

Phase 1a: This continues to include customers who live in Supported Independent Living (SIL) homes. We know that customers will be vaccinated in their SIL homes, and the staff who support them will also be vaccinated in the SIL home where possible. The exact timing of when this will happen at Aruma remains unclear.

We have been contacted by state health departments to confirm the number of staff and customers we have in our SIL homes across the ACT and some areas of Sydney and Melbourne. We expect to be contacted for other regions shortly as well. Again, we don’t yet know exactly when phase 1a will take place at Aruma sites but when we know more we will let you know.

Phase 1b: The following people are included in phase 1b:

  • People aged 70 or older who did not receive the vaccine during phase 1a
  • Healthcare workers who did not receive a vaccine during phase 1a
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
  • Adults with underlying medical conditions
  • Adults with disabilities who have underlying medical conditions
  • Critical and high-risk workers such as defence workers, police, firefighters, emergency services, and meat processing workers.

Disability support workers who work directly with customers in non-SIL settings are included in the 1b phase. Other workers in disability support sector who are not in regular customer contact are not likely to be included in 1b (unless they meet the other criteria stated above).

Vaccinations in phase 1b are going to be given by some GPs from Monday 22 March. The Department of Health’s website has information on the GPs that will take part in the roll-out from Monday.

The Government has released an ‘eligibility checker’ you can use to see when you might be able to get the vaccine. You can find that here.

Where to from here

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our customers and staff updated as more information comes to light.

Though we don’t have specific timings for when our customers and staff in SILs will be vaccinated, we do need to start preparing by getting consent. More information on this will be available soon.