COVID-19 vaccination

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

Information includes:

  • 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 directive. From 15 October 2021, in order to work in a healthcare setting, a person must be able to provide evidence that they:

  • are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • have received your first dose and have a booking to receive your second dose by 15 December 2021, or
  • haven't received any doses but have a booking to receive your first dose by 29 October 2021, or
  • have a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner

More information is available on the Victorian government coronavirus website.

Non-health care workers

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary for non-health care workers. The TAC does not require non-health care service providers to be vaccinated. Each individual disability provider needs to make a decision about whether there is a need to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in their workplace.

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 have useful information and resources regarding the vaccine roll-out.

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.