An unvaccinated resident of a Sydney disability group home has contracted coronavirus, with authorities scrambling to test everyone else at the Lakemba respite centre.
"Unfortunately nobody in that home had been vaccinated so we're just waiting today to see whether any others have become positive," Disability Minister Linda Reynolds told Sky News on Tuesday.
It is the second outbreak in disability care in as many weeks.
Four residents at another NSW home tested positive, along with four support staff working across two sites.
All of them had received their first coronavirus vaccination.
Health officials are now prioritising the centres to ensure all residents are fully vaccinated in coming days.
A surge workforce and personal protective equipment has been made available.
Senator Reynolds accepted mistakes had been made with the vaccine rollout in disability care.
"There is no question it was a slow start to the rollout of disability vaccinations," she said.
"It was really underestimated, the complexity, but things are now going very well."
Senator Reynolds said 60 per cent of disability care residents had received their first vaccination, while 75 per cent of those living in nursing homes had received at least one dose.
"So we are picking up the numbers very fast."
Less than one in three disability residents have been fully vaccinated, despite being included in the highest priority group for the national rollout.
All other disabled Australians aged 16 and over have been eligible for vaccination since early June, along with their carers.
Disability workers are being strongly encouraged to receive a vaccination as soon as possible, and this recommendation could become a mandate if numbers don't improve.
Australian Associated Press