COVID-19 and people with disability

Queensland Health advises there has been an increase in people being hospitalised with COVID-19, particularly in people aged 65 years and older. This usually occurs when there are higher levels of COVID-19 circulating in the community.

Some people with disability may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, especially if they:

  • have high support needs and cannot physically distance
  • have pre-existing health conditions such as a respiratory condition, a compromised immune system, heart disease or diabetes
  • face challenges in accessing healthcare information
  • have a disruption to their regular medication and services
  • are aged 65 years and over
  • are a First Nations person aged 50 years or over
  • are living in supported accommodation or group residential settings.

The best way to protect people with disability and their support and care workers from COVID-19 infection or serious illness is for them to be vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccinations help prevent severe disease and hospitalisation. A 2023 booster dose is recommended if it has been more than 6 months since the last vaccination or infection for:

  • All adults over 65 years
  • Adults aged 18-64 years who have medical co-morbidities that increase their risk of severe disease
  • Adults who have a disability with complex health needs.

New COVID-19 vaccines will be available in December 2023, which target current variants more effectively.

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