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Carramar COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic re-designed as Enhanced Access and Sensory Clinic

3 December 2021

In consultation with the disability sector, the Carramar COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (external site) has been redesigned as an Enhanced Access and Sensory Clinic.

The clinic will create a safe and relaxed environment for those with a disability, mental health condition or who have a fear of needles and will greatly improve the vaccination experience for those who require additional support.

The redesigned clinic offers an alternate entrance directly into the consulting room for those who wish to avoid a waiting room. The rooms themselves are quiet, large and separate, with low lighting options.

Soft furnishings such as beanbags, recliners, and couches have been positioned in consultation rooms, as well as a range of distraction and sensory options including a TV and DVD player, fidget spinners, stress balls and more.

The clinic has also been fitted with a hoist to support people with mobility issues if required.

Accessible parking, including three ACROD parking bays, is positioned directly in front of the clinic, where vaccinations can be delivered in a vehicle for people who may have difficulty entering the clinic.

In conjunction, ‘Animal Companions’ will be visiting the clinic with a therapy dog every Monday until Christmas.

Therapy dogs will also be present in five metro clinics at varying times in the lead up to Christmas. Details are available via Roll up for WA (external site).

The re-design works were done with the assistance and support of Developmental Disability WA, IdentityWA, National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) and Autism Association of Western Australia. The Department of Health will continue to work with the sector to further improve the services.

People can discuss any specific requirements prior to their visit to any clinic (including Carramar), by either completing the Further Assistance Required (external site) online form or calling 13 COVID and one of the clinic nurses will contact you.

For more information about vaccination for people with a disability or who require additional support please visit Roll Up for WA (external site).