COVID-19 is now in the Tasmanian community.
Many people with disability are supported by family, carers and/or support workers. Even with COVID-19 in the community, it is important that you continue to receive the support and services you need.
Where possible, it is important that you, and the people supporting you:
- Stay 1.5 metres apart from people who are not your household members or carers, if possible
- Keep your hands clean by washing them with soap and running water, or using an alcohol-based sanitiser often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow
- Stay home and get tested for COVID-19 if you develop any cold or flu-like symptoms (even if mild).
Some people with disability may have underlying health conditions, including chronic conditions and weakened immune systems that mean they might be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
This page links you to more information about COVID-19 vaccination, testing for COVID-19, and what happens if you test positive for COVID-19.
More information for people with disability
The Australian Government Department of Health website has advice for people with disability.
Participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) should contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 if they need to talk to a planner, make changes to their plan or are having trouble getting services due to COVID-19.
More information about COVID-19 for NDIS participants and their families and carers is available on the NDIS website. The NDIS website also includes Easy Read information to support people with disability and the people who support them to respond to COVID-19.
The Council for Intellectual Disability have great resources about mask wearing during COVID-19.
Tasmania has disability advocacy services that can support people with disability to have your say or to help you understand how COVID-19 might affect you. These include:
Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability or special requirements
Vaccination requirement for disability support workers and volunteers
Information on vaccine requirements
What happens if you test positive to COVID-19
What to do and what happens to support if a person with disability, or those who support them test positive
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