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COVID-19 latest information

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COVID-19 latest information

Updated 27/07/2021

Here is the latest information to support your child and family.

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Speaking up for children and families

ACD is speaking up for the needs of children with disability and their families during COVID-19.

We are calling for:

  • Students with disability to be able to attend school
  • A vaccine blitz for teachers and education support staff who work with students with disability

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Summary of restrictions

From Wednesday 28 July the following restrictions apply across Victoria for two weeks:

  • All students back at school
  • No kilometre limit
  • You can travel between regional Victoria and Melbourne
  • Up to 10 people can gather outside (babies under 12 months not counted)
  • Outside sport resumes
  • Inside sport and recreation open with density limits
  • Masks indoors and outdoors
  • No visitors to your home

Support Workers and others who help care for your child with disability are allowed in your home.

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School, child care and kinder

All child care and kinders are open.

From Wednesday 28 July schools return to face-to-face learning.

If your child needs help with the transition back to school talk to your child’s teacher. You can ask for a Student Support Group meeting or Behaviour Support Plan.

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NDIS

Support Workers who provide essential care giving can come to your home.

You can arrange for Support Workers to come during school hours.

Here is the PPE advice for Disability Support Workers.

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Vaccination and testing

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

  1. All NDIS participants aged 16+
  2. All parents who are carers of NDIS participants (of any age)
  3. All Support Workers, therapists, teachers and education support staff who work with NDIS participants
  4. All people in Victoria aged 40+
  5. All pregnant women
  6. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 16+

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine

To get a COVID-19 vaccine you can:

  1. Book online or call the Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398
  2. Contact your GP

If you or your child have specific disability support needs in accessing the vaccine, email the Disability Liaison Officer DLOcoordinator@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Find out more about supporting young people with disability with decision-making when getting consent for a COVID-19 vaccine

For more information

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccination – Easy Read

Testing

COVID-19 testing is free and available across Victoria.

In-home testing is available for people with disability who cannot get to a testing site. Call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 and select Option 9 to find out if you are eligible. If you need a translator, call the hotline and press zero when prompted.

If you or your child have disability support needs in accessing COVID testing, email the Disability Liaison Officer DLOcoordinator@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Getting a test – Easy Read

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Looking after yourself

Support is available over the phone and online:

Parentline 13 22 89
LifeLine 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
1800Respect 1800 737 732
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre 1800 015 188

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Easy English and stories to share

Information for people with disability and carers – Easy English
I am going back to school story (PDF)
I am going back to school story (DOCX)
Wearing a mask story

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