ASMOF member champions hospital vaccination for people with disability

03-Jun-2021

 

Professor Steven Faux has been featured in the ABC and the Guardian calling for improvements to the vaccine rollout for people with a disability. The rollout has so far failed to protect this uniquely vulnerable group.

Writing in the Guardian, Prof Faux notes that:
‘to date fewer than 7% of all people living with a disability in care homes have been vaccinated (despite them being classed as 1a and 1b priority).’

Prof Faux is advocating for physicians to be able to administer the vaccine at hospital sites, where rehabilitation medicine departments are ‘ready to step up’:

"[In] every rehabilitation hospital in the country — and in NSW we command around about 5–10 per cent of the bed base — we've got the skills and the people power. And we also know our patients well, and they have confidence in us. But we're not being communicated with." he told the ABC.

Prof Faux is a rehabilitation and pain physician, director of St Vincent Hospital’s department of rehabilitation medicine and pain medicine, and conjoint professor UNSW.

He is working on a set of principles for vaccinating people with disabilities with colleagues from public rehabilitation medicine departments in NSW. If you would like to collaborate on this project please contact Prof Faux at sfaux@stvincents.com.au.