What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations and working in the disability sector

What does Covid-19 mean for people working in disability? 

Covid has caused a lot of changes across different industries since 2019 and this is especially true for those who work with vulnerable people in both aged care and the disability sector.

Extra care needs to be taken to ensure the wellbeing of people living with a disability and it is the responsibility of the carers, workers, family members, and all other relevant persons and organisations to ensure this happens.

Person receiving vaccination injection
Photo by Ed Us on Unsplash

 

An important part of this extra care is getting vaccinated. A new Direction was issued on 8 November 2021, called the Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (“the Direction”).

This direction prevents a person from engaging in work or performing the duties of a disability support worker unless they have at least one dose, proof they have booked a second dose and or received or booked to receive their booster of the COVID-19 Vaccine. This does not apply to people who are eligible for an exemption.

PPE Goggles and Masks Photo by Mier Chen on Unsplash

 

With cases steadily growing in South Australia, Minda is taking extra precautions to stop the spread. This includes implementing temperature checks and requiring every staff member to provide proof of vaccination and the booster when it is due.

One benefit of working for Minda is that it provides ongoing training on the correct procedures when dealing with infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE). This means that the clients and staff are better protected and the entire team is equipped with all the relevant knowledge to prevent the spread of the virus.

SALC students have the privilege of attending one of Minda’s campuses to complete their studies and the potential to gain their placement with Minda to complete the course. Students will need to provide proof of their vaccination before they start studying. Getting vaccinated ahead of time will prevent any issues at the start of the course and help avoid delays in applying for work and starting your career. 

 

The best way to kick start a career in disability is by completing CHC33015: Certificate III Individual Support (Disability).

 

Below are some resources that are available on this topic, for those who want to stay up to date with all things Covid-19 in the disability sector. Including the latest Disability Provider alert (20 January 2022) and the Direction, mentioned above.

 

Resources

Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (“the Direction”).
https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/in-home-and-community-aged-care-and-disability-workers-vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination – Disability provider alert 20 January 2022
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-disability-provider-alert-20-january-2022

COVID-19 vaccine information for people with disability and disability service providers
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/disability-sector

Carer Gateway: COVID-19 vaccine information for carers
https://www.carergateway.gov.au/covid-19

Disability Gateway: COVID-19 Support
https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/coronavirus/covid19-support