Workers in residential, in-home and community disability care will need to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 25 October 2021 and have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by 29 November 2021.

From 9am on 25 October 2021, any person who provides disability services must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. These workers must have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by 29 November 2021.

This includes people who:

  • work in residential disability care
  • provide in-home disability services
  • provide disability day programs
  • provide community-based disability support services
  • any person providing services funded or provided by:
    • the National Disability Insurance Scheme
    • the Assisted School Travel Program.

Workers will need to provide proof of vaccination to their employer if requested.

Any employees who do not meet the requirements from the date the Public Health Orders apply will not be permitted to continue in their role. If you do not meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and do not have an approved medical contraindication on the date it applies, then you cannot continue to provide disability services. For more information refer to Advice to residential disability care facilities or speak to your manager.

You can help disability services return to normal by getting vaccinated if you haven't already, and by helping those around you get vaccinated.

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) should ensure that they keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 Rules, including rules applying to movement of workers, as the information may change at short notice.

If you require advice, please contact:

  • Service NSW 24 hours, 7 days a week on 13 77 88
  • the national coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080 (24/7)
  • the Coronavirus Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787

If you require advice on anything related to the vaccine rollout contact Commonwealth COVID- 19 Taskforce - Disability on COVID19VacTFDisabilityServices1A@health.gov.au

Accessible COVID-19 information for people with disability

Guidance is designed to be used alongside NSW Public Health Orders and other available resources.

Further resources

Commonwealth resources

NDIS resources

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Current as at: Tuesday 19 October 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW