People with disability are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine.
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
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