COVID-19 vaccination rates among NDIS participants continues to increase nationally

Almost 75 per cent of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants in shared residential accommodation are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with numbers for participants and support workers rising quickly since June.

The Morrison Government continues to work closely with states and territories, the disability sector, and vaccination providers to increase opportunities for NDIS participants, their carers and families to receive a vaccination.

Minister for the NDIS Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said that disability vaccination rates are seeing significant progress, underpinned by a range of new initiatives to support the current phase of the rollout.

“The vaccination rate among NDIS participants and support workers continues to be a Government priority, as states and territories begin reopening,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Currently, 73.9 per cent of NDIS participants in shared residential accommodation are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - more than 10 percentage points higher than the national vaccination rate.” 

Minister Reynolds said more than three quarters (75.6 per cent) of all NDIS participants aged over 16 had now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 60 per cent were fully vaccinated.

“Significantly, since late-August when 12-15 year old NDIS participants became eligible, more than 51 per cent have received at least one dose of the vaccination”, Minister Reynolds said.

Nearly 80 per cent of NDIS screened workers have also received at least one dose and 67.4 per cent are fully vaccinated, ensuring NDIS participants are protected when receiving care and support.

There are around 10,000 locations around Australia providing vaccinations.   

“The Commonwealth is providing local Government Area data to states and territories to identify areas where we need to focus our efforts to ensure NDIS participants can access vaccines in a safe way, which is appropriate to their needs,” Minister Reynolds said.

We currently see a variation in the vaccination rates between states and territories (data attached).

“For those states and territories which have been in lockdown due to outbreak of the Delta variant, and are beginning to open up, we see the highest rates of vaccination amongst NDIS participants,” the Minister said.

The Morrison Government has implemented a wide range of initiatives in consultation with states and territories, the disability sector and NDIS participants and their representatives.

This includes measures such as:

  • A national partnership with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia - to enable easy vaccination bookings through local pharmacies - and the establishment of additional disability-specific vaccine hubs, in partnership with NDIS providers.
  • The Department of Health updates its website in real time to allow people with disability, and their workers, to find a Commonwealth Vaccination Hub suitable to their needs. This is now searchable by suburb or jurisdiction, making it easier to navigate. For more information on where participants, support workers and their families can be vaccinated, visit http://health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines
  • The Disability Information Gateway has been resourced to provide information and support to participants to organise a vaccination, with a dedicated hotline to seek assistance and advice on 1800 643 787.
  • Booking and transport arrangements are also being offered to NDIS participants by their NDIS provider, to facilitate access to a vaccination. Participants can also seek help by calling the NDIA, their Local Area Coordinator, the NDIS Commission, Disability Gateway and Carer Gateway.

“The Morrison Government continues to ensure that every effort is made to make sure that every person with disability in Australia has the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Minister Reynolds said.

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State and Territory disability vaccination rate, as at 12 October:

 

NDIS participants
aged 16+

NDIS participants aged 12-15 years

 

% with at least one dose

% with two doses

% with at least one dose

% with two doses

NSW

83.8%

67.3%

66.1%

27.9%

VIC

80.0%

58.9%

65.0%

20.3%

QLD

66.3%

50.5%

36.1%

13.1%

WA

63.7%

47.1%

28.9%

7.4%

SA

66.0%

51.5%

28.9%

7.8%

TAS

70.4%

57.7%

36.7%

13.1%

ACT

87.4%

70.9%

83.5%

34.1%

NT

59.7%

49.9%

36.4%

20.5%

National

75.6%

58.3%

51.3%

18.5%

Total NDIS participants in group residential settings - 81.4% at least one dose and 73.9% two doses. Break down by accommodation setting and by state as of 12 October:

 

NDIS participants in disability accommodation with two or
more residents

NDIS participants in residential aged care

 

% with at least one dose

% with two doses

% with at least one dose

% with two doses

NSW

85.9%

77.5%

83.7%

77.8%

VIC

86.2%

80.2%

84.7%

79.3%

QLD

71.5%

60.1%

78.7%

72.7%

WA

75.4%

71.1%

83.0%

79.1%

SA

76.4%

67.8%

80.0%

71.0%

TAS

77.2%

70.3%

81.5%

79.6%

ACT

87.9%

82.6%

92.5%

82.5%

NT

66.1%

59.4%

72.3%

72.3%

National

81.1%

73.2%

82.6%

77.0%

Vaccination rates for NDIS screened workers:

 

NDIS screened workers

 

% with at least one dose

% with two doses

NSW

86.3%

76.5%

VIC

84.6%

70.4%

QLD

71.4%

59.9%

WA

69.3%

56.6%

SA

72.7%

62.3%

TAS

80.0%

72.5%

ACT

86.6%

78.7%

NT

78.1%

70.8%

National

79.1%

67.4%