How can a TAC client requiring additional support receive a COVID-19 vaccination?
If a TAC client requires additional support to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Disability Liaison Officers can assist. Victorian Government vaccination information for people with a disability or special requirements can be found at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-people-disability
- Support services for people with a disability or special requirements, including getting vaccinated at home
- How to get a COVID-19 vaccination
- Vaccination centres offering enhanced access for people with a disability
- Getting help from a Disability Liaison Officer
TAC funding of providers to support a client to get a COVID vaccination can be considered. If a client does not have approved support to attend medical appointments or access the community, a request needs to be provided to the claims manager to consider the reasonable time required plus travel to support the client to get vaccinated.
Some clients with large attendant care programs or support to attend medical appointments should be able to utilise this existing support.
Does the TAC expect that providers receive a COVID-19 vaccination?
The TAC supports the Victorian government’s directives. Workers in a range of professions must provide evidence that they:
- are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
- have a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner
Vaccination requirement timelines vary by profession. Healthcare workers must provide evidence from 15 December 2021. Social and community workers (a category that includes disability services workers) must provide evidence from 26 November 2021.
More information is available on:
- the Victorian government's information for industry and workers required to be vaccinated
- the Australian government's advice on the COVID-19 vaccines
Are TAC clients expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccination if in receipt of services or support?
The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary for all individuals at this stage, and clients should provide informed consent before having the vaccine. A provider may choose to require proof of vaccination to allow a service to be provided, however they are encouraged to seek advice to ensure privacy and discrimination issues are considered.
This is based on expert medical advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. See updated advice from the Australian Government regarding the vaccine.
Safe Work Australia has useful information and resources regarding the vaccine roll-out.