By Florence Dato
The Victorian Multicultural Commission, in partnership with the Department of Health held an online community information session on Victoria’s current COVID-19 status on Thursday, 6 January 2022 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
The online session was delivered by Dr Thomas Schulz, Senior Medical Officer, COVID-19 Vaccination Program and Prof Ben Cowie, Acting Chief Health Officer, Department of Health.
The intention of this information session is to keep our multicultural communities informed of the latest developments relating to:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Boosters
It is very likely that there is a great pressure in our hospital system in the first two months this year. It is highly recommended that if you had your second dose four months ago or earlier, you need to book for your booster shot now. COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna third doses are now available to anyone aged 18 and over.
Book your third dose here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/third-dose
- Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)
New testing requirements: From 7 January, people who test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test will need to isolate for 7 days and notify their contacts. They will need to report their positive result to the Department of Health via a simple webform or by calling the hotline to make sure that they will be supported.
The RAT kits secured by the state government will be distributed first to testing centres.
For advice on Rapid Antigen Tests: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-tests
- COVID-19 Vaccination for 5-12 year-olds
Vaccination of 5-11 years old starts on Monday 10 January, and it is not mandatory. It is possible for vaccinations to be done through your family GP or at primary schools, but the vaccination hubs for kids appear to be warm and welcoming as well. It is not the usual vaccination hub set up for adults.
Find out more about why vaccination for children is important and find out how to book now: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-children-and-teenagers
- Self-management of COVID-19
Managing COVID-19 at home when you have mild symptoms ensures hospital beds are kept free for people who are seriously unwell and need urgent medical treatment. If your symptoms are getting worse, talk to your GP or you can contact a service like Nurse on Call 1300 606 024 for advice. You should call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you have severe symptoms.
For more information about managing COVID-19 at home, visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/managing-covid-19-home