Media Release: COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disability
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is calling on the Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments to work together to urgently implement the national vaccination plan and strategy to ensure we do not continue to leave people with disability behind in the COVID vaccine rollout.
QDN Board of Directors Chair, Mr Des Ryan said “We were originally identified in the 1a and 1b Priority Groups by the Commonwealth Government. Our vaccination rates are lagging behind the general population’s, which is currently sitting at nearly 49% of Queenslanders double vaccinated. It is critical that in opening up with COVID-19 in the community, people with disability, their families and carers can have the same vaccination protections. We cannot continue to be pushed to the back of the queue. We need different strategies to assist people to get vaccinated.
Dr Dinesh Palipana, disability advocate and QDN member, appeared on ABC television’s Q&A last week and reinforced that “We have to do everything we can to make sure people (with disability) are vaccinated … risks are real, and risks are high.”…
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