A vaccine is a safe way to protect people against serious illness from COVID-19. Just like the flu, it is important to get vaccinated to protect yourself, family, community and Elders. You won’t be forced to get the COVID-19 vaccination because it’s your choice to make but it is encouraged, so you can protect yourself and your mob.
Visit your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service. They can answer your questions and book you in for an appointment.Find a clinic
Speak to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurse by calling
13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). They’ll be able to tell you where you can get vaccinated.
If you live close to a pharmacy or hospital you can get vaccinated there. Click through and register your details to find your closest vaccine provider in Queensland.Find a clinic
It's good to ask questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines. You should ask your doctor, your community health service or speak to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurse by calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). You can also read through the list below, to help answer some of the questions you’ve got.
What will recovery from COVID-19 be like?
Some people may recover from COVID-19 in days, some in weeks. But for others, it could be months. Each case is unique but people recovering from more severe symptoms are likely to face a longer recovery period.
‘Long COVID’ is when a person continues to have COVID-19 symptoms for months after their diagnosis. Even people who had a mild COVID-19 infection and weren’t hospitalised can still have long COVID symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath and dizziness.
If I am managing COVID at home, when should I call my doctor?
You should contact your doctor or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) if you’re pregnant, have any chronic conditions or have any concerns about your health.
If you are having trouble doing things like preparing and eating food, taking your regular medication, showering, or going to the toilet you should call your doctor. You should also contact your doctor if you feel dizzy or lightheaded or your symptoms start to worsen.
If you are experiencing breathlessness, fainting, chest pain, coughing up blood, or weeing a lot less that usual call triple zero (000) for an ambulance and tell the ambulance staff that you have COVID-19.
When is it ok to leave isolation after being COVID-positive?
Most people with COVID-19 will have a mild illness and will recover in a few days.
People with mild illness are generally considered to be recovered after seven days if they have no more symptoms at this time. If you have no symptoms on day six you may leave isolation. If you still have symptoms at day six or seven, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms are gone.
You do not need a negative COVID-19 test to be able to return to work, unless you are a healthcare worker or aged care worker—and then you should check with your employer what is required.
I am caring for someone with COVID-19, how can I keep myself safe?
The person with COVID-19 should stay in a separate, well-ventilated room, and use a separate bathroom if one is available. If they can’t isolate in a separate room, they should avoid shared spaces in the house as much as possible — such as the kitchen. The person should wear a mask when moving through shared areas.
Someone in my house has COVID-19, do I need to isolate too?
Yes, you are now a close contact of that person and need to isolate for seven days. If you have symptoms you should visit your nearest testing clinic as soon as possible. If you have no symptoms you should take a rapid antigen test at home.
What should I do if I test positive to COVID-19?
Have a yarn with your doctor or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Make an appointment to be vaccinated
Prepare for COVID-19 by completing the Readiness Family Plan
Book an appointment for your second jab and your booster
Keep practicing social distancing and wear a mask indoors
Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
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