Multicap makes COVID-19 vaccine more accessible for people with disability

High needs disability support provider Multicap is supporting its customers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the comfort of their own homes and at Multicap service locations. 

In June the Queensland-based not-for-profit provider began assisting more than 220 of its customers across Queensland to receive their vaccination at their local Multicap Community Hub, or in their home. 

Multicap expects many of its customers across Queensland to take up the offer to receive both doses of the vaccine at a Multicap Community Hub or social enterprise worksite over the coming weeks, including more than 200 Supported Independent Living customers who will be provided with transport to sites or offered the vaccine in their home. 

Multicap Chief Executive Officer Joanne Jessop said the organisation was excited to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at locations that were familiar and comfortable to its customers with disability.

“The pandemic has been particularly challenging for our customers, so it’s been important for us to assist them in getting their vaccinations in a way that is as accessible and easy as possible and with Multicap staff on hand for support,” Ms Jessop said. 

“Multicap has been working hard for many months to make this service a reality, and we’ve had to be agile and fast-acting as it’s been a constantly changing situation.

“We’ve worked closely with the Federal Government’s vaccination delivery partner Aspen Medical to have Multicap sites endorsed as vaccination centres for our customers, and we’ve been thrilled with their support and feedback.

“We’re very excited to be assisting in rolling out the vaccine, offering our customers this additional level of protection against COVID-19,” she said. 

Ms Jessop said Multicap was appreciative of the Federal and State governments' support to make the vaccine available to people with disability and their supporters. Multicap is actively encouraging its entire workforce to receive their vaccinations as soon as possible. 

“It’s wonderful to see everyone getting on board and getting the vaccine,” she said. 

"After the challenges of the past 12 months, it is so exciting to finally see our customers and staff getting access to a vaccine that will help them to safely and freely engage in the community,” Ms Jessop said.

Photo caption/description: Multicap customer Jeremy receives his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, supported by Multicap CEO Joanne Jessop and Troy Hakala from the Queensland Government Metro South Health service. 

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