Sylvanvale clients, staff get COVID-19 vaccinations at special vaccination hubs

About 700 people with disabilities and their support workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 at special onsite hubs as part of a collaboration between Sylvanvale and the federal government.

Sylvanvale set up four vaccination hubs at its sites in July as part of a collaboration between the disability service provider and the federal government's vaccine provider, Healthcare Australia.

The hubs, at Sylvanvale locations in Sutherland Shire, the Blue Mountains, western Sydney and south west Sydney started in July and will continue this month.

Sylvanvale staff and participants are also eligible to receive their vaccinations at the hubs, with Sylvanvale also opening them up to other local disability service providers.

Sylvanvale chief executive Leanne Fretten said the organisation had been working hard to reduce the risks posed by COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year.

"Safety is one of our key organisational values [and] ensuring that the people we support and our staff have access to the vaccine is another step to keeping our community safe," she said.

"For many of the people we support, our onsite vaccination hubs have the advantage of offering a less overwhelming environment for the administration of their vaccine.

"We are grateful to the federal government and Healthcare Australia for giving us the opportunity to have the hubs at our sites."

Sylvanvale was founded in 1947 when a group of parents united to form an organisation that would give children with disabilities a better quality of life through access to education and social inclusion.

Sylvanvale now supports more than 750 children and adults with disabilities to live in the community.

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