Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support
Booking a COVID-19 vaccine
All Australians are encouraged to have the free COVID-19 vaccine.
All NDIS participants aged 5 and over, their carers and support workers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
You are now also eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if:
- you are 18 years and older, and
- had your second dose of your primary course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 4 months ago (3 or more months ago for Victorians)
A booster dose will help you to stay safe against COVID-19.
More information about the benefits of a booster dose.
Book in for your vaccination today. To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
- use the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder on the Department of Health website
- book through a local pharmacy
- contact the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080
- talk to your GP and book in for your vaccination today.
People with disability who need assistance booking a COVID-19 vaccine or need free, fact-checked information about COVID-19 can contact the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 or visit their website.
If you are deaf, or hard of hearing you can call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 660.
Easy Read resources, including on vaccine types, are available on the Department of Health website.
Participants who have support coordination in their plans and need support to book and access COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged to talk to their support coordinator.
An additional $150, on top of plan funds, is available for participants to access support coordination for help with booking and accessing vaccinations.
Participants can also utilise their existing Support Coordination budget should they need further assistance beyond the additional $150.
Support for participants to access a COVID-19 vaccine booster
We are helping you to access the COVID-19 vaccination including the booster dose.
Some providers can claim $150, to help you get your primary course of COVID-19 vaccination. Providers have until 31 March 2022 to help you if you need their support.
These providers can also claim $75 when they have helped you to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Providers can help if you want to have your COVID-19 vaccination at your GP’s office or at a vaccination hub.
You can discuss with your provider how to best access the COVID-19 vaccination.
Providers claim the $150 and $75 payments directly from the NDIS – it does not affect funding in your plan.
Your provider can also claim from your plan, the cost of other supports required for you to access your vaccinations, such as transport and support workers, but only with your agreement.
If you think your plan funds are too low for you to get vaccination support, you can contact us, phone 1800 800 110.
Providers need your consent before they can make vaccination appointments for you.
You can talk with your GP and other health professionals about the COVID-19 vaccination. You can ask whether you should receive the vaccine. It is your decision to get vaccinated and you can have support to make a decision.
Visit our website for more information.
Expanding temporary COVID-19 meal preparation and delivery support
From 12 January 2022, if you normally have a support worker help you with meal preparation at home, you can temporarily use your Core supports budget to pay for a meal preparation and delivery service instead.
This means that instead of paying for a support worker to assist you with shopping or meal preparation, you can pay an external provider to prepare your meal and deliver it to you.
This arrangement is available in all states and territories and will continue through to 28 February 2022.
You cannot use NDIS funds to buy food. The NDIS can only cover the cost of preparing a meal and having it delivered to you.
This is a different way to use your current Core supports budget, we won’t be adding funding to your plan without a plan review.
Visit our website for more information
Disability Liaison Officers are available to help people with a disability access vaccinations.
They can arrange vaccination appointment times and locations suited to your needs, ensure the right supports are there waiting, arrange group bookings or drive-through bookings where you don’t need to leave the car, or have someone come to your home if you are unable to leave it.
To arrange a vaccination that meets your needs contact Disability Liaison Officer Support today.
Preparing for your child’s vaccination
As a parent or carer, there are a number of things you can consider before you take your child for their COVID-19 vaccine, to help make it a positive experience for them.
If your child is anxious about receiving the vaccine or has additional needs, planning ahead and talking to them and your GP can help. The factsheet below has information on things to consider or discuss with your child. This includes what support they may need and guidance on where you book your child to receive the vaccine.
If you live in Queensland, have not had the COVID-19 vaccine, and need assistance to get vaccinated in your home, there are a number of ways for you to get the vaccine:
- You can speak to your GP or other health provider and ask for assistance. They may be able to come to your home to vaccinate you or organise for someone else to do so.
- You can call the Primary Health Network in your area and talk to them about your needs and ask for assistance.
- You can also call 134 COVID (13 42 68) and ask for assistance.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please contact the National Relay Service on 1800 555 727 and ask to be directed to a health service. They can connect you to 134 COVID (13 42 68).
New South Wales
The Council for Intellectual Disability have created an Easy Read resource about how to register a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test in New South Wales.