COVID-19 Response & Vaccination

Hartley’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) is continually reviewing our COVID Response Plan.  At this stage there is no new information that will drastically change Hartley Lifecare's current service delivery regarding COVID-19. 

The nature of COVID-19 means that we must remain flexible and readily able to respond to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. That’s why, there will be a number of check points along the way so that each stage of the easing of restrictions can be assessed before moving to the next, ensuring the health and safety of our clients and the community.

Phase 1a (which Hartley staff and clients are eligible for) vaccinations commenced on 22 February, 2021 at sites across Australia in urban, regional and remote settings.

The Australian Government is consulting closely with key disability sector representatives and Hartley. This ensures delivery of the Phase 1a rollout for people with disability is both safe and effective. More information below and through the button link.


Please refer to this page for the latest news, updates and information regarding Hartley's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

COVID-19 Vaccination

Some people with disability and workers are prioritised in the vaccination rollout as follows:

Phase 1a

  • a person with disability living in residential accommodation (with two or more people with disability).
  • a paid worker providing support to people living in residential accommodation with two or more people with disability.

Phase 1b

  • People with disability aged 70 and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and People with disability with underlying medical conditions such as: immunocompromised, multiple comorbidities, chronic lung disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and severe obesity.


Hartley Lifecare has been part of an initial roll out of for the COVID-19 vaccine. We are in the process of receiving the second dose of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine for clients and some staff in 10 of the houses we support. 

We have now been told that further scheduling of vaccine administration in other houses will be rolled out over the next few months and that people with disability and staff are still a priority in phase 1a of the roll out.

As well, as part of phase 1b that started yesterday, doctors’ surgeries and hubs will now be administering the vaccine. 

Please find below a Commonwealth declaration form around eligibility under phase 1a or 1b.  Pretty much all of Hartley’s hands on staff fit into one or the other of these categories.

This eligibility declaration form only arrived today, so please print it, fill it out and take it with you when you attend your vaccination appointment. The form can be downloaded here  


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