‘Unconscionable’ to lift lockdowns before all Australians with disability can be vaccinated, inquiry says
Scathing report finds federal health department ‘seriously deficient’ in rolling out vaccine to people with disability
and Victoria look to ease restrictions when 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated next month.“In our view, it would be grossly unfair, indeed unconscionable, if any people with disability who have not been given the opportunity to be fully vaccinated by the time the 70% threshold is reached are denied the freedoms available to people who have been fully vaccinated,” the report said.
“The unfairness is magnified once it is accepted – as it must be – that increased freedoms for the fully vaccinated increase the risk of contracting Covid-19 for people who are not fully vaccinated.“It is one thing for people who choose not to be vaccinated to be denied these freedoms; it is quite another for people who have been denied the opportunity to be fully vaccinated also to be denied those freedoms.”
The report said the federal government should “use its best endeavours” to ensure no state or territory “significantly eases restrictions” when the 70% threshold is met unless all people with disability “have and appreciate that they have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated”. headtopics.com
The commission singled out national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) participants, people living in residential disability accommodation and people with intellectual disability as key groups. It said all active disability support workers should also be fully vaccinated before lockdowns are lifted.
Government data shows 66% of NDIS participants living in shared accommodation or “group homes” were fully vaccinated at 26 September, while 57.3% of NDIS screened workers had received two jabs.Among all NDIS participants, not just those in group homes, 39.9% had been fully vaccinated at 15 September.
Its seven recommendations also included offering “appropriate supports” for people with intellectual disability to understand and access the vaccine and improved consultation and communication with disability groups. Read more: The Guardian »
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