Advocacy organisation People with Disability Australia has called for people with disability and their treating practitioners to be able to assess their risk of getting COVID-19 and choose what vaccine to get after residents and workers at a disability group home caught the virus.
Federal government figures released in late June revealed just 5000 Australian residents in disability care – fewer than one in five people – had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In total, 27,236 NDIS-funded people older than 16 years in care homes had received a first dose.
The peak advocacy organisation’s plea comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison this afternoon said risk profiles for getting COVID had shifted in recent times and states should be able to choose whether to vaccinate under-60s with AstraZeneca at mass vaccination clinics.
Since COVID-19 vaccines were introduced in Australia, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has argued people with disability and their supporters should have a choice of vaccines, if they wanted one, and should have priority for vaccination.
PWDA president Samantha Connor said people with disability should be able to choose what vaccine they received, and when and where they got vaccinated.
“The Delta variant of COVID-19 is a massive threat to the disability community and people with disability should be able to look at their risk of catching the virus and judge whether they want to wait for the vaccine recommended for them or go with one more readily available,” Ms Connor said.