The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic has sadly resulted in a spike in positive cases. Here are the key safety messages for you, your networks and your communities relating to new state government directions, update on Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), getting the third ‘booster’ dose and vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds.
Confirmed cases in the workplace updated directions: https://
Checklist for positive COVID cases available at: https://www.coronavirus.
Checklist for COVID contacts: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts
Rapid Antigen Test update:
As of Sunday 2 January 2022, the public will be able to access free RAT kits at the Melbourne Showgrounds testing site, after which free RATs will be available at all testing sites across the state as well as a selection of other locations. Please keep an eye on the following website for further details: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
If it has been four or more months since you had your second COVID-19 vaccination, and you are aged 18 or over, you are now eligible to get your third dose (booster).
A COVID-19 third dose is strongly recommended to help keep you and your loved ones protected from COVID-19.
Eligible people will receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You can safely get either of these vaccines as your third dose, regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses.
Book your third dose through a GP or pharmacy using the vaccine clinic finder: https://covid-vaccine.
You can also book at a Victorian vaccination centre: https://www.coronavirus.vic.
For more information on third doses, visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/boosters
5-11 year old vaccination
You can now book the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds at your local GP or pharmacy: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking
Getting kids vaccinated will help:
- keep schools open, so kids can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends
- reduce the spread of COVID-19
- protect them from getting sick from COVID-19.
Appointments are available at Victorian GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations and family-friendly vaccination centres from January 2022.
Find out more about vaccination for kids: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-children-and-teenagers
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