Recommendations remain in place for residential disability services to protect clients and staff and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Chief Public Health Officer has released the Guidance for self-managing a COVID-19 outbreak in a South Australian residential disability service (PDF 264KB) to help residential disability services prepare for and manage COVID-19 outbreaks.

Getting antiviral medications quickly 

Many people with disabilities are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Getting tested when symptoms start and then accessing antiviral medications early reduces this risk.

SA Health recommends residential disability services plan to test quickly and work with a client’s General Practitioner to encourage antiviral treatment.

Information on antiviral treatment for consumers is available on the treatments for COVID-19. Information for health care providers can be found on the treatments and referrals page.  

Reporting a positive rapid antigen test 

Clients should continue to report a positive rapid antigen test.

Find more information on rapid antigen testing for COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination  

Vaccination is a safe way to protect your clients and staff from getting sick. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at GPs, pharmacies and SA Health clinics.  

The Disability Gateway can assist with booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for people with a disability. Find more information about COVID-19 vaccination for people with disability

Support workers who provide care to people living with a disability may still be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Contact your place of employment on local policy requirements.

Disability Gateway

The Disability Gateway provides information and referrals for people with disabilities who need assistance due to COVID-19. Contact the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787, available Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 8.00 pm (AEST). 

Coronavirus Helpline

For information or advice on COVID-19 or COVID vaccines, call the Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

SA Health COVID Operations

South Australian residential disability services can request COVID-19 outbreak advice from SA Health using a form.