Partnering with the Federal Government, Life Without Barriers (LWB) will ensure people with disabilities and essential workers get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Australian not-for-profit, which delivers social support services for diverse communities, will assist in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for priority 1 group by setting up three vaccination hubs in Dandenong, Victoria and Newcastle and the Central Coast, New South Wales. The hubs are specifically for people with disabilities who live in Supported Independent Living (SIL) and their support workers.
LWB CEO Claire Robbs said, “The Covid pandemic has been a major concern for everyone with disability and Life Without Barriers has been clear on our intention to support efforts to ensure people with disability and disability support workers can be vaccinated. The only way to achieve this is by working in partnership to assist the government by offering our resources and knowledge with dedicated hubs that can effectively support people with disability to get the vaccine. The hubs will offer vaccination to people in supported independent living homes delivered by Life Without Barriers and any other provider in the areas the hubs are located.”
LWB recognises that higher vaccination rates result in fewer outbreaks, reducing the need for COVID-19 safety measures such as border closures, travel restrictions and lockdowns.
“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to see this through. Life Without Barriers and the disability sector is playing it’s part to assist the government in the Covid vaccine rollout, ensuring the safety of Australians,” said Robb.
LWB is proud and grateful to be working alongside the government in this initiative, respecting the tireless efforts of essential workers over the last 18 months under extremely dire conditions and that their health, and the health of people with disabilities, is being made a priority.