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Covid-19 Vaccine Information
Who can get the vaccine right now?
The vaccine rollout is continuing, full steam ahead. There have been a few changes to eligibility. It’s important to stay informed about who can get the vaccine right now.
• Everyone in Australia aged five years and over can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Everyone aged 16 years and over can get a booster three months after their last primary dose.
-This means you can get your booster now if you got your second dose on 09 November or earlier.
• If you are aged 16 years or over (or have turned 16 since you had your primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine) you can have the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose.
• If you are aged 18 years or over, you can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as a booster dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first two doses.
A booster dose will help increase protection against COVID-19 for a longer period of time. This is why it’s important that you get a booster dose when you’re due.
New COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccine resources available
Download and share with your networks a one page handout on what you should do if you test positive for COVID-19. It includes information about what it means to isolate, who you need to tell that you’ve tested positive, and how to look after yourself at home.
Some of our resources have been updated to include new information about who is eligible for booster doses, when you should get your booster dose, as well as information about what to do if you text positive to COVID-19:
• Common questions – a factsheet that addresses common questions and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.
• What to do if you have COVID-19 – a factsheet that explains what to do if you have COVID-19.
It’s okay to ask for help
It's been a long two years. Isolation, lockdowns, and social distancing can be a lonely and stressful time for all. Even just hearing about COVID every day can be exhausting. It's important we look after our physical and mental health, and support those who might need help.
Things like eating healthy, practicing good hygiene, and doing exercise can help you stay physically healthy. Here are some simple tips to try to help keep yourself mentally healthy in 2022:
• Stay connected with family and friends. If you’re isolating, or if there’s an outbreak in your area, try to stay in touch through messages or video or phone calls.
• Check in with yourself. Notice if you are sad, angry, or worrying too much. Notice if you’ve changed the way you do things – think about whether these changes make you feel better, or not.
• Take a break from social media. For some people, getting off the internet can really help them get back into the right headspace. Set aside a short period of time each day where you log out of your accounts, and go outside, or give someone a call to chat instead.
• Try to get your body moving, or exercise where you can, and eat well. Being healthy and active is just as essential for good mental health as it is for physical health.
• Get a good night’s sleep. Try going to bed and getting up at the same times each day. It’s a good way to start the day off right, ready to make healthy choices.
If you feel like you need to focus on your mental health, visit the Yarn Safe website to find information and resources that may help you or the people around you Reach out and have a chat about how you’re feeling:
• Yarn Safe – 1800 650 890
• Lifeline – 13 11 14
• Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
For more information: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/indigenous
Information on this page obtained from https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/key-updates-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities-14-february-2022
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