Getting your COVID-19 vaccine
Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Vaccine information for participants and disability workers in the 12 NSW LGAs of concern.
The NSW Government has announced that disability workers aged 16 years and over who live in local government areas (LGAs) of concern must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, 6 September 2021 to attend work. Disability providers must request that their employees, who live or work in an area of concern, to receive their first dose of vaccine by Monday, 6 September 2021, in line with the NSW Government requirements, to continue to provide service to people with disability. Local government areas of concern The LGAs of concerns are as follows:
How to book a vaccination in these areas Information on how to book a priority vaccination appointment can be found at the NSW Government website. The NSW Government has established priority Pfizer vaccination appointments at the Sydney Olympic Park Qudos Arena Vaccination Centre to support authorised workers to meet the new requirements. The NSW Government will open new vaccination centres for priority vaccination of authorised workers in the coming days and provide more information on their website. Speaking with your disability worker about getting vaccinated As a participant, you can ask your disability worker, who lives or works in an area of concern, to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already received one. If you are concerned that your disability worker is not vaccinated by Monday, 6 September 2021 or is unwilling to get vaccinated, you can contact your service provider to talk about other arrangements.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine - nationally
All NDIS participants aged 12 years and over are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccination will help protect you and your community. It’s free and voluntary. Talk to your GP/doctor or visit the Department of Health website to find out how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, or call Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787. If you need information in a language other than English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. If you are deaf, or hard of hearing you can call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 660. Easy Read resources, including on vaccine types, are available on the Department of Health website.
More support for providers enabling COVID-19 vaccination for participants
Since May this year, supported independent living providers have been eligible to directly claim up to $150 to cover costs of supporting NDIS participants to receive the vaccine. To ensure more NDIS participants are supported to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, on 1 September 2021 we extended this payment to support coordinators and providers who deliver supports in these registration groups:
High Intensity Daily Personal Activities
Assistance in Coordinating or Managing Life Stages, Transitions and Supports
Daily Personal Activities
Participation in Community, Social and Civic Activities
Assistance with Daily Life Tasks in a Group or Shared Living Arrangement – effective 26 May 2021.
The $150 is an all-inclusive price that allows eligible providers to organise the best approach for participants being vaccinated offsite. This may include organising:
administration to arrange vaccination appointments including seeking participant consent
transport both ways in a COVID-safe manner
appropriate staff to accompany participants to and from the appointments including remaining with them during the waiting time after the vaccination.
Providers can also claim the actual costs of delivering this support from participant plans, such as transport and support workers, in agreement with the participant. More information on the expanded NDIS provider payment is available at For providers - COVID-19 information on our website.