The slow rollout of the vaccine to residents of disability support homes has been branded a national disgrace by the Disability Royal Commission.

Three months after the vaccine rollout began fewer than 1000 residents of support homes have been protected against COVID-19, despite being in phase 1a of the rollout plan.

At a disability Royal Commission hearing on Monday federal health department staff accepted the rollout had been slow.

With an approximate 26,000 people living in disability care the figure represents a vaccination rate of around four per cent.

Shadow minister for government services Bill Shorten told the ABC it’s not the first time the government has let down the disability sector.