Australian Vaccine Rollout
You can use the Eligibility Checker to see if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
While the vaccine rollout continues in Australia, States and Territories have some restrictions in place, check here to see what some of those are.
We are aware of the issues surrounding the vaccine roll out in Australia have addressed some concerns in our Position Statement you can read here: https://www.immunisationcoalition.org.au/immunisation-coalition-position-statement-covid-vaccine-rollout-in-australia/
If you are concerned that you or a family member may have contracted COVID-19, check your symptoms using the Healthdirect Symptom Checker and remember to get tested.
Hand Sanitisers and Washing Hands
This article by Compound Interest explains all you need to know about hand sanitisers and how they compare to hand washing with soap.
The Use of Masks and PPE
In areas of widespread transmission, with limited capacity for physical distancing, (such as public transport, healthcare settings, or other confined spaces), the use of face masks is recommended. While medical masks provide optimum protection, non-medical masks are still preferable to not wearing a mask in these situations.
It should be noted that masks alone are not sufficient to provide adequate protection against COVID-19. They should however be incorporated in an overall strategy to minimise the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19. Maintaining physical distance of at least 1 metre (more if possible) along with frequent hand washing and use of face masks offers the most effective means of protection.
- To be effective a mask needs to cover both the nose and the mouth
- Masks become less effective when they get moist so should be replaced if this happens.
- Avoid touching the outer facing surface of the mask as contamination can be an issue when removing and disposing of it.
- Masks should not be used as a substitute for physical isolation. Anyone with symptoms should not leave isolation unless for the purpose of seeking medical assistance.
If you need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Here is an easy to follow guide from the World Health Organisation.
If you are in need of a mask, the Victorian Government has a guide and pattern on how to make your own: Download the pattern and instructions here.
FAQs and Countering Misinformation
There is a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 as well as the vaccine, if you are unsure, our links below take you to knowledgable and trust worthy sources.
Is it true? Is a feature from the Australian Department of Health to help answer question and respond to misinformation. The page can be found here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/is-it-true-countering-the-misinformation-on-covid-19-vaccines
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has produced a Frequently Asked Questions page on the topic of COVID-19 vaccination. Access the page here: https://www.ncirs.org.au/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-frequently-asked-questions