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People with disability let down in national vaccine rollout, royal commission finds

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The department of health failed to consult with the disability sector at crucial times during the nation's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The Department of Health failed to consult with the disability sector at crucial times during the nation's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, made opaque decisions and gave insufficient attention to offering information, a royal commision has found.

The federal government countered the findings with figures claiming about five times the number of people with disability are vaccinated now than in June.

But a draft report from the Disability Royal Commission acknowledged the department faced challenges early in the rollout that it failed to meet, resulting in a "seriously deficient" provision for people with disability.

The report, released this week, condemns a decision the department made in March 2021 to 'deprioritise' people in residential disability from phase 1a of the vaccine rollout to instead focus on aged care residents.

The government disputes its intention was to relegate any group in the rollout but the commissioners highlight that fewer than 1% of vaccine doses went to people with disability in the first eight weeks.

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