Category: COVID-19

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has made recommendations on a winter booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

10 May 2022

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends an extra COVID-19 vaccine dose for higher risk groups. This recommendation includes residents of disability care facilities and people aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise, as defined by ATAGI. People who do not meet this description but believe they need a Winter dose should […]

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Further ease to restrictions within the community

27 April 2022

The Victorian government announced further easing of restrictions within the community on 20 April, 2022 as a result of the high vaccination rate within the state. However, restrictions are to remain in disability settings, which include: Visitor restrictions will continue in disability residential care settings. Residents can have up to five visitors a day if […]

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Free Rapid Antigen Test to eligible Victorians with disability

12 April 2022

The NDS welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement that it will provide free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to disability support pensioners and NDIS participants aged 16 and over from Saturday, 9 April. Two million free RAT tests will initially be distributed over a three month period, followed by a review to determine if the program should […]

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An update to our operations

28 March 2022

The Victorian government has eased COVID restrictions and released new disability fact sheets as guidelines for the disability sector. This means that all staff working on site at OC Connections are to continue to: wear N95/ P2 masks inside and outside regularly sanitise hands. socially distance from others when practicable QR codes are to be used for check ins Ensure […]

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Woman receives a needle from a nurse, while being consoled by two other nurses. All four are sitting at a table in the home

Making it easy for all Victorians to access a COVID-19 vaccine

27 February 2022

To ensure every Victorian has access to a COVID-19 vaccine, the Victorian Government has put in place a number of intiatives, including: The Disability Liaison Program, open to people five years and over sees Disability Liaison Officers matched with people, families and advocates to decide the best way to get vaccinated. You can contact the […]

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Some restrictions ease, but no change to OC Connections’ operations

21 February 2022

On 17 February, the state government announced the easing of some restrictions from 6pm Friday 18 February, 2022. These included the removal of density requirements at hospitality and entertainment venues as well as QR code check-in requirements at retail venues, schools (including childcare and early childhood) and for employees at many workplaces. QR code check-in […]

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Novovax Vaccine now available

21 February 2022

Victorians aged 18 and over will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine Novavax through selected state-run centres as well as GPs and pharmacies from Monday 21 February, 2022 – providing another option for the small number of Victorians still waiting for their first or second dose. The vaccine will be available through more than […]

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Getting out in the community

16 February 2022

We’re looking forward to getting back out into the community! As the latest wave of COVID infections starts to ease, we’re planning to bring back more participants on site and to support participants to get back into the community. Staff are currently working with participants and families about the return to our day support activities. […]

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Deadline for disability workers to receive mandatory booster dose extended to 12 March

14 February 2022

The state government has extended the mandatory booster deadline for disability workers from 12 February to 12 March. Disability workers who were required to receive a third dose by 12 February must provide evidence to their employer of a COVID-19 vaccination booking by 12 March to work any shifts from midnight Saturday 12 February. Workers who […]

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