Vaccinations

People with disability are eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination.

Scope is working with customers to plan the best way to access the vaccine. The Commonwealth government inreach program has commenced in some areas and Scope will work with residents of our Supported Independent Living (SIL) services to access this program where possible.

In addition, customers can also choose to access the vaccine through the government’s vaccination centres or their GP

SIL staff will continue to support customers to meet with their medical practitioner to discuss the vaccination and find access to the vaccine  that is appropriate to them.

The vaccine is only given if it is safe to do so and if you provide consent.

The Vaccine will be provided by the Department of Health and their nominated vaccine providers.

Our staff will help people to be ready by sharing information.

We encourage you to have an appointment with your doctor to talk about the vaccination.

About the vaccine

The vaccine can prevent people from becoming ill from COVID-19. It does not contain any live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. To be fully protected you will need 2 doses. There is a lot of information available through the Department of Health website here.

It is recommended that you talk about the vaccine with your doctor before having the vaccine.

Where do I get the vaccine?

For residents in our Supported Independent Living (SIL) services, The Commonwealth Government’s inreach vaccination program has commenced in some areas and Scope will work with SIL customers to access this program where possible.

All customers can also access the vaccine through the government’s vaccination centres. For more information about how to book a vaccine through these centres, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Consent

The vaccine is considered safe and will provide protection against severe disease. It is not mandatory and like any medical procedure You will need to complete a consent form before receiving the first dose of the vaccination. Scope staff can help you access your usual decision-making networks to make sure you are ready. however are not able to help make decisions. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form-for-covid-19-vaccination

Download our fact sheet here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Social Script

Reading this visual script with a person with communication support needs can help them understand the vaccination process. It can prepare a person for the vaccination and reduce anxiety or uncertainty around the event. It can also open up dialogue with the person to talk about what is happening and how they are feeling. Read it together several times before going for the vaccination.

Key Word Sign

Use this video to help you talk about the coronavirus vaccine with people who use Key Word Sign to communicate. We’ve also created coronavirus information signs showing how to use Key Word Sign to talk about COVID19 vaccine and keeping safe.

Easy English

This Easy English document uses simple words and meaningful images to communicate key information about the coronavirus vaccine. It’s designed to help people with low English literacy to read and understand important information. This includes people with intellectual disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Visual Schedule

Use this visual step-by-step breakdown of what happens when you go for a vaccination. Bring it with you to the appointment and refer to it often. This can help a person with communication support needs understand what is happening, and when it will be finished. It can provide a person with control over the situation.

To view more COVID-19 communication resources, click here.