19 February 2021

Life Without Barriers welcomes the Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, prioritising essential workers.

The Government’s COVID-19 vaccine and treatment rollout plan has allocated priority essential healthcare workers, staff and residents at disability homes, as being the among the first Australians to have the opportunity to receive the free vaccine.

Life Without Barriers supports over 1,400 people living in more than 400 residential
settings across Australia and is preparing essential workers and clients for the vaccines that are making their way to hubs in each state and territory for use from 22 February.

Life Without Barriers is very supportive of the Government’s vaccine and treatment strategy, acknowledging it is an important way to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of Australians including our valued staff, clients, and carers.

We know that vaccination saves lives and higher vaccination rates makes outbreaks much less likely. It also reduces the need for preventative measures, such as border closures and travel
restrictions.  Vaccination will help save lives and livelihoods.

Life Without Barriers’ essential workers have performed tirelessly over the last 12 months under difficult conditions and it is a relief to know that their health, and of our vulnerable clients, is being recognised.

Life Without Barriers provides essential services and will continue to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone, including the people we support, staff, carers, and families. We will continue to provide support, by adjusting our services while adhering to government restrictions, and promote and protect the health and wellbeing of everyone we support.

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