Disability Sector: Vaccine Delays

Less than 6% of disability residents have received their first vaccination shot.

Disability workers are essential workers – but, along with the people they support, they’re being overlooked by the Federal Government.

Today ASU Secretary Natalie Lang joined Sally McManus and Aruma CEO Andrew Richardson at a disability hub in Sydney to remind the Government that our sector needs priority access to the COVID vaccine – without it we’re heading to a disaster.

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic disability workers continued to turn up every single day to provide essential services. Disability workers stepped up to the plate.

The Government seems to have abandoned its plan to roll out workplace vaccinations for the sector. In an understaffed and underpaid sector, with a high number of casual and gig workers – we cannot afford to keep delaying the rollout.

The Government needs to show they value people with disability and the people who support them.

Watch Natalie's speech here:

Read more:

The Guardian: Vaccination delays for top priority groups in disability sector spark investigation

The New Daily: Unions demand new vaccine rollout plan

ABC News: COVID vaccine rollout delays frustrate vulnerable Australians in priority group