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Vaccines for all NDIS participants over 16

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Staff at Perth's Claremont vaccination centre get ready to administer AstraZeneca shots. Photo: Getty
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Coronavirus vaccines are being made available to all National Disability Insurance Scheme participants aged over 16.

National cabinet has approved the rapid expansion to speed up the sluggish vaccine rollout across the vulnerable disability sector.

It comes after dedicated vaccination hubs for people with disabilities, support workers and primary carers were given the green light.

“We are working quickly to provide more locations for people to receive their vaccination in safe, accessible settings,” Disability Minister Linda Reynolds said on Tuesday.

“It is a particularly important step forward that both paid and unpaid carers of NDIS participants are now able to get the vaccination as soon as possible.”

The number of vaccinated NDIS participants is slowly growing.

Almost 40,500 NDIS participants (16 per cent) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

More than 7800 NDIS participants living in group homes and aged care settings – 28 per cent of the population – have been given at least one jab.

However, people in disability care were considered the highest priority group and the vaccine rollout is still months behind schedule.