As you may be aware, the rollout of the COVID Vaccine has been planned to occur in phases to ensure Australia’s most vulnerable receive priority attention.
As part of this plan, people and staff living in disability services accommodation that house more than one person were to receive the Vaccine as part of Phase 1a of the rollout.
Phase 1b of the rollout has also commenced. Phase 1b includes people with a disability or with age-related conditions (eg early onset dementia) attending centre-based services (eg day programs, respite care, supported employment). It also covers volunteers and staff working in disability support. People within this category are able to access the Vaccine from one of the many Vaccine hubs within Victoria and we are working with our staff to ensure they receive the Vaccine in a timely manner.
But did you know that people with disability and workers eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1a are also able to attend a Phase 1b vaccination site to access the vaccine if they choose to do so?
As OC Connections has not been provided with a date for COVID Vaccinations as part of the Phase 1a rollout a number of medical centres are making contact with their patients and some people are electing to access the Vaccine that way.
We are therefore encouraging participants from our Accommodation, Day Support and Employment Services to obtain the free COVID Vaccination from one of the COVID Vaccine hubs. We recommend you contact your treating medical practitioner to establish if they are able to administer the Vaccine, or you can find a hub nearest to you by working through the Eligibility checker here.
As the Disability Royal Commission continues, we would like to remind participants and families that support services are available to help by way of counselling, advocacy and legal services. You can find out more about these services on our resources site, or here.
OC Connections is excited to once again hold its Charity Golf Day at The Metropolitan Golf Club. Registrations are now open. Please join us for a fun day at one of Melbourne’s most prestigious golf courses while helping to raise much needed funds for the people we support. 18 hole par play Lunch and refreshments […]
As you may be aware, the rollout of the COVID Vaccine has been planned to occur in phases to ensure Australia’s most vulnerable receive priority attention. As part of this plan, people and staff living in disability services accommodation that house more than one person were to receive the Vaccine as part of Phase 1a […]
OC Connections (OCC) has embarked on a very exciting project to review and improve the quality of our homes and make them more comfortable for residents. All homes where OC Connections provides Supported Independent Living (SIL) will be inspected in the coming weeks and months, and a plan will be developed to upgrade any homes […]
Ten years on and residents still call George Street home
The George Street community living house has just celebrated 10 years since they opened in 2011. Current residents, Peter, Warwick and Ross were part of the original George Street resident group back in 2011. Others from that group, are now in different OCC houses including Frank who moved to Salisbury Road and Don who moved […]
The Towards Employment students commenced face to face study at Mackie Road Neighbourhood House in January, very excited after a long break. The students started an eight-week course, Keys to Success Program (KSP) run by facilitator Jon Slingsby from VALID (Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability). Eight employees from OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE) were […]