COVID-19 vaccination for the people we support.

Hello! The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary and free for all people living in Australia. Endeavour Foundation is coordinating vaccination hubs at its services for NDIS participants, their primary carers and support workers. We are working with the Australian Government to open these hubs as quickly as possible.

How to access our Vaccination Hubs

We recognise that taking people to a public vaccination clinic is not suitable for everyone, which is why we are working to establish supportive environments where the people we support feel safe and at ease.

Vaccination Hubs will be opened on a rolling basis to accommodate the first and second doses required to be fully vaccinated.

We will be contacting the people we support and their decision makers directly, as well as updating this page as the hubs come online.

Initially the hubs will be in regions across Queensland and we are also investigating options for NSW and Victoria.

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FAQs

  • Why is Endeavour Foundation setting up vaccination hubs?

    We recognise that taking people to a public vaccination clinic is not suitable for everyone, which is why we are working to establish supportive environments where the people we support feel safe and at ease.

    We are working with the Australian Government to establish vaccination hubs for the people we support, and their families and carers and staff to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. These will be rolled out across Queensland in the coming weeks.

    We are investigating options for NSW and Victoria. In the meantime, people we support, and their families and carers and staff in NSW and VIC are eligible to receive the vaccination by booking into a vaccine clinic using the eligibility checker.

  • Who can access the Endeavour Foundation Vaccination hubs?

    The hubs are open to NDIS participants, their primary carers and support workers.

  • I’m a support worker. Can my family members also get their vaccination at the hubs?

    No. The hubs have been established for NDIS participants, their primary carers and immediate support workers to receive their vaccination in a location that is easy to access and in a supported environment.

    Please visit the Queensland Government website for details on how to book an appointment at one of their vaccination locations.

  • Do I need to complete a COVID-19 vaccination consent form?

    Yes, an Australian Government Consent Form must be completed and brought along to your first vaccination.

    The vaccination nurse will write the details of your first dose on the form and hand it back to you, so you can bring it back on your second vaccination dose.

    You need to bring these things with you to your vaccination:

    • For your 1st dose: Government Consent Form, your Medicare Card (essential)
    • For your 2nd dose: Your Medicare Card and the original Consent Form from 1st dose – these forms will be given back to you for safekeeping after dose 1. Please bring them back with you at the time of your second vaccination!
  • What if the day of the COVID-19 vaccination hub doesn’t suit me?

    Please tell us if you do not want to go to an Endeavour Foundation vaccination hub so we can arrange another way for you to get your vaccination.

    You can also make an appointment with your doctor or find a vaccination clinic near you using the eligibility checker.

  • Which vaccine will I receive?

    Pfizer vaccines are available at our COVID-19 vaccination hubs.

    If you have health concerns about the vaccination, please speak to your doctor or phone our COVID-19 hotline on 1800 983 006 for an appointment with a doctor.

  • Who will give me the vaccine?

    The Australian Government has contracted Healthcare Australia as the vaccine provider.

    The hub is staffed with an Immunisation Nurse to dispense vaccines, a First Aid Nurse for observation after the vaccination, and clerical staff to enter vaccination details into the government register.

    An Endeavour Foundation staff member will also be on hand to provide a friendly face and support.

  • What will it cost?

    COVID-19 vaccines are free to all Australians.

  • How long will it take to get my vaccination?

    Our COVID-19 vaccination hubs are not open to the general public, so your appointment will not take too long.

    You will need to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination to be sure you are ok.

  • When will I get the 2nd dose?

    Your second dose of Pfizer is due 3 weeks after your first dose. You can return to the same vaccination hub to receive your second dose (unless you are advised otherwise). We will contact you about booking in for your next appointment.

  • How will it be recorded?

    You will find your COVID-19 vaccination recorded on your immunisation history statement from Medicare through myGov, or by calling Medicare on 1800 653 809.

    We will also record your vaccine details on your file.

  • Can my family or carer get the COVID-19 vaccination at the Endeavour Foundation hub?

    Yes! Your family, carers and staff can receive their vaccination at our hubs. Please follow the booking directions for the hub you wish to attend, as booking instructions may differ for each hub.

  • How will this affect my NDIS funding?

    COVID-19 vaccines are free to all Australians. Getting the vaccination will not impact on your NDIS funding. If you have any concerns, contact NDIS over the phone (1800 800 110), by email (enquiries@ndis.gov.au) or by webchat (https://www.ndis.gov.au).

  • Do I have to get my COVID-19 vaccination at the Endeavour Foundation hub?

    Our vaccination hubs will be fully staffed with health professionals and Endeavour Foundation staff to support you and make the process safe and efficient.

    Please tell us if you do not want to go to an Endeavour Foundation vaccination hub so we can arrange another way for you to get your vaccination.

    You can also make an appointment with your doctor or find a vaccination clinic near you using the eligibility checker.

  • Can Endeavour Foundation refuse to support me if I do not get the COVID-19 vaccination?

    COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandatory. Service providers cannot refuse to support people who do not get the COVID-19 vaccination.

    If you are not vaccinated, the risk of infection can continue to be managed by practicing good hygiene, physical distancing and wearing PPP equipment including masks.

  • Can I refuse support from a worker if they have not had their COVID-19 vaccinated?

    People with disability have a choice over who supports them.

    You can ask to be supported by a worker who has had their COVID-19 vaccination.

    If your preferred support worker does not want to be vaccinated, we will make every effort to source an alternative arrangement, in close consultation with you. This may mean identifying another support worker.

  • I’m a supported employee, will I still get paid if I get the COVID-19 vaccination during work time?

    If you attend the COVID-19 vaccination hubs on your usual workday you will get paid. If you take time off to be vaccinated somewhere else, your usual leave entitlements will apply.

  • I’m a supported employee, what if I have a reaction after the COVID-19 vaccination and need to take time off work?

    The same rules apply as they would with any vaccine, such as a flu shot.

    All medicines, including vaccines, have risks and benefits. Except for rare cases, side effects from Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations are usually mild and should only last a few days. These include pain at the injection site, fever or muscle aches. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says anaphylactic reactions to Pfizer are extremely rare, reported by approximately 0.001% of patients.

    If you have any concerns, please speak to your doctor before you get the vaccination.

  • What transport will be provided to the COVID-19 vaccination hub?

    Endeavour Foundation will arrange transport to the vaccination hub, if you need it.

The rollout process

  • Step1 Notification Step 1: Notification

    Endeavour Foundation will contact people we support (and their support network) with details about our vaccination hubs as they come online in your local area.
  • Step 2 Consent form Step 2: Consent Form

    As with all other vaccines, you must give consent before you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    If you have not already completed your consent form, now is the time to do so, so you have it ready for vaccination day.

    You may wish to speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of the vaccine.

    Once you have completed your form, you can return it to your manager or bring it on the day of your vaccination.

    Download the consent form + easy read about consent.

  • Step 2 Vaccination Day Step 3: Vaccination Day

    • You will arrive at the Endeavour Foundation vaccination hub. You may use our transport or come with a family member or carer.
    • You will be greeted by staff and directed to the right location.
    • Vaccines will be given by a trained health professional such as a nurse or doctor
    • People will be monitored after the vaccine, provided with information and your health records updated to indicate you have had dose 1 of the vaccine.
    • Endeavour Foundation will be there to support you every step of the way.
  • Step 4 Vaccination Day Step 4: Second Dose - Vaccination Day

    For the vaccine to be most effective, a second dose is required. This may be several weeks later.

    Endeavour Foundation will coordinate your second dose. We will keep you informed and support you to prepare for the second dose.

For more information

Australia Government Department of Health has published a dedicated web page for people with disability. This page will be regularly updated as more details are confirmed.

NDIS: https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus/participants-coronavirus-covid-19

Australian Government, state and territory government helplines have information on how people with disability can access the vaccine:

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.

The National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): For translating and interpreting services call 131 450 and ask for the helpline you would like to be connected to.