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15 July - COVID-19 Update

Today's great news is that South Australia is still COVID free in the community and travel restrictions to Queensland will be lifted on Friday 16 July. There are two positive COVID cases identified, both of whom have been in medi-hotels since their arrival in South Australia.

There is also a new contact tracing location of concern at Tailem Bend, and the State Government is urging anyone who visited the Shell service station or the Coolabah Cafe on Friday 9 July between 5.20 to 7pm, or the OTR Motorsport Park service station south-east of Tailem Bend on the Dukes Highway, between 7.20 and 8.15am, to go into quarantine and get tested.

If you are planning to travel, there are a number of restrictions on people entering South Australia and also visiting other states. Full details of those restrictions are available here.

In our last COVID-19 update we announced that Bedford is partnering with community disability health provider Aspen Medical, to speed up the vaccination rollout, and provide all of our Clients and Staff access to the Pfizer vaccination if they wish.

Aspen Medical has kindly offered its new purpose-built Medindie site, and is planning to open additional vaccination hubs in Port Lincoln and Mount Gambier, for anyone at Bedford to attend on a ‘walk-in, no-wait’ basis. A COVID-19 Consent Form is required and, should you prefer, on-line bookings are available.

Aspen Medical has also offered to provide on-site visits with a team of Registered Nurses and medically trained staff to provide vaccinations to our Clients and Staff. We are investigating the feasibility of these visits and the potentially complex nature of a consent process for our Clients.

In the meantime, all Bedford Clients and Staff, regardless of age, can now get a free vaccination at:

Aspen Medical, 17 Main North Road, Medindie.

Bookings can be made by calling 0437 325 123.

While immunisation is not mandatory, health authorities continue to urge everyone to consider getting vaccinated.

The Federal Government has also recently met and is considering mandating compulsory vaccinations for disability support workers and other frontline workers in our sector in October. We will let you know if there are any developments with this proposal.