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Queensland Government COVID-19 updates

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Read the latest Queensland Government COVID-19 updates.

The latest information is available in a range of languages here.

26 September 2022

Check In Qld app is no longer required

From 1:00am Thursday, 30 June 2022, checking in at locations in Queensland is no longer required. The data will no longer be collected by the Queensland Government. The app will still work as normal, but any check-ins will only be recorded on your device.

For businesses, there is no further need under any public health directions to ask customers to check in to your location. All QR codes and posters related to Check In Qld can be removed. There is no need for your business to cancel your Check In Qld registration.

If you still need customers to provide their vaccination status on entry, there are several ways customers can do this. The Check In Qld app will still be available for customers (just not collecting data), or customers can access their vaccination certificates in other ways.

Find out more.

1 September 2022

Changes to COVID vaccination mandates for healthcare workers

The Chief Health Officer Public Health Direction mandating COVID-19 vaccination requirements for workers in health care settings will be revoked in Queensland from Friday, 2 September 2022.

Whether vaccination is required for these individuals is now a matter for individual employers as part of normal workplace health and safety obligations.

Find out more.

COVID-19 isolation period changing from 7 days to 5 days

People who test positive for COVID-19 will only be required to isolate for five days, except in vulnerable settings following a meeting of national cabinet.

Workers in high-risk settings such as disability and aged care, and people still displaying symptoms are required to keep to the seven-day isolation period.

The changes commence from Friday, 9 September.

Get the latest updates at Queensland Health.

26 August 2022

Coming Soon: Novavax vaccine for adolescents aged 12-17 years

On 28 July 2022 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved Nuvaxovid (Novavax) COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents aged 12-17 years.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has evaluated data on immunogenicity, efficacy, safety, and international recommendations to make recommendations on the use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in this age group.

Adolescents aged 12-17 years will be able to book in to receive Novavax COVID-19 vaccine from 5 September 2022. Find out more.

3 August 2022

CALD vaccine multicultural outreach pack

The update contains in-language communication resources (include a video, audio files, social media tiles and factsheets) with information about fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses; COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments; pregnancy, breastfeeding and COVID-19 vaccines; how to stay protected from influenza and COVID-19 this winter; and vaccinating children aged 5 years and older against COVID-19. Resources include fact sheets and an infographic. Download it here.

Visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine information in your language page for updated translated information and communication resources.

19 July 2022

Factsheet: Oral medicines for COVID-19

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care has developed an information sheet for people with disability on COVID-19 oral medicines. The fact sheet contains national advice about access to and eligibility for COVID-19 medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. An Easy Read version of this information sheet will be developed.

Ryan’s Rule Stakeholder content guide released

Queensland Health are pleased to share with you resources on Ryan’s Rule for the disability sector. They are also available for downloaded from the Queensland Health Asset Library.

Commonwealth Disability Provider Alert

The Commonwealth Department of Health has also released it’s latest Disability Provider Alert, including advice on expanded ATAGI recommendations, Commonwealth Vaccination In-Reach Program, and COVID Oral Treatments.

18 July 2022

Updates to COVID-19 public health directions

The Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction (No. 3) has commenced, as well as a corresponding update to the Guidelines for Close Contacts in Queensland. The COVID-19 reinfection period has been reduced from 12 weeks to 28 days to align with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and updates to the CDNA Guidelines.

This change means that:

  • A person who becomes a close contact will not be subject to the close contact requirements where they have recovered from COVID-19 and less than 28 days have passed since they were released from isolation (previously 12 weeks)
  • A person who has recovered from COVID-19 and more than 28 days have passed since they were released from isolation, would again be considered a diagnosed person and required to isolate if they tested positive, and may also become a close contact subject to any requirements.

In addition, the changes will allow operators to approve, by exception and on any reasonable condition to mitigate risk for:

  • a diagnosed person in isolation, or a person in the post-isolation period or close contact that is symptomatic, to a hospital, RACF or disability accommodation service for an end-of-life visit, in accordance with a COVID-Safe Visit Procedure; and
  • permitting a diagnosed person in the post-isolation period that does not have symptoms of COVID-19 to visit a vulnerable facility or high risk setting for an exceptional or compassionate circumstance, expanding the exception that was previously available only to close contacts without symptoms.

More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions, including questions and answers can be found on the Queensland Health website.

13 July 2022

Isolation rules: COVID-19 ‘cleared case’ period reduced

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has changed isolation rules around the COVID reinfection period. People were previously considered a ‘cleared case’ if they had recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 3 months. This period has been reduced to 28 days.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and it has been four or more weeks since your last infection, you should isolate and test.

COVID-19 Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 are associated with increased immune escape, and authorities are expecting to see rates of reinfection rise among those who have previously been infected with an earlier COVID-19 variant and those who are up to date with their vaccinations. Vaccination continues to be the most important protection against severe illness.

Find out more.

Antiviral medication

Antiviral medicines are now available for people who have COVID-19 and are at high risk of developing severe disease, including:

  • people 70 years of age or older
  • 50 years of age or older (with two other risk factors for severe disease)
  • you identify as a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and are 30 years of age or older with two other risk factors for severe disease, or;
  • are 18 years or older and immunocompromised.

Treatment needs to start within five days of developing symptoms or testing positive to COVID-19. Plan ahead and talk with your medical team now about what to do if you catch COVID-19.

Find out more.

8 July 2022

COVID-19 boosters now available to wider group

ATAGI has updated its recommendations for a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce severe disease from the emerging surge of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariant infections, and to reduce the burden on Australian hospitals and the healthcare system in coming months.

The updated recommendations are:

  • Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
  • The interval recommended between a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection or the first booster dose and a winter booster dose is now 3 months.

Read the full recommendation here.

7 July 2022

Free flu shots expanded

Queensland Health has extended the free flu vaccine program until 17 July 2022. To support the campaign, there are a number of new resources including plain English factsheets, social media tiles and posters. You can view the collection on the Queensland Health asset library.

Vaccination requirements removed

From 1:00am Thursday, 30 June 2022 COVID-19 vaccination requirements were removed for visitors to aged care facilities, disability accommodation and correctional facilities. However, vaccine requirements remain in place for workers in healthcare, hospitals, aged care and disability care. Vaccine requirements for workers at schools, childcare centres, kindergartens, police watch houses and airports was also lifted.

Resources updates and translated

Queensland Health’s three key COVID-19 translated resources have been updated across 40 languages. These are available on the Queensland Health website:

New plain English resources

More resources can be found on the Queensland Health CALD asset library collection.

Living with COVID-19

The ‘Living with COVID-19’ slide deck has been developed and updated weekly to support the delivery of community presentations. The deck covers topics about testing for COVID-19, how to manage COVID-19 at home, when to seek help, helplines available, leaving isolation and current restrictions.

24 June 2022

Vaccination no longer required for visitors to high-risk locations

From 30 June, mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be required for visitors to:

  • Residential aged care
  • Disability accommodation
  • Corrective service facilities.

In addition, the high-risk workers COVID-19 vaccine mandate will also be revoked, with decisions around mandatory vaccinations to instead be made by employers.

This will result in the following workers no longer being required to be vaccinated for COVID under the public health directions:

  • Schools, early childhood education, outside school care, kindergartens, family day care
  • Prisons, community corrections, work camps
  • Police watch houses
  • Youth detention centres
  • Airports.

The public health directive mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for workers in healthcare, hospitals, aged care and disability care remains unchanged.

The public health direction that requires post-arrival testing for those who have travelled to Queensland from international locations will also end from 1:00am on 30 June.

15 June 2022

COVID-19 Booster for Adolescents

ATAGI has expanded its recommendations on the first booster dose in adolescents aged 12-15 years. ATAGI recommends that a first booster dose of the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine may be given to the following adolescents aged 12-15 years who have completed a primary course of vaccination 3 or more months ago:

  • those who are severely immunocompromised
  • those who have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • those who have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

The full recommendation, including rationale, can be found here.

13 June 2022

Resources to help multicultural communities stay protected this winter

The Department of Health has developed downloadable, translated resources about protecting yourself and your community from respiratory illness this winter by staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and having the influenza vaccine.

Stay up to date with your vaccinations this winter

Winter can often bring more infections from respiratory viruses, like COVID-19 and influenza (the flu). That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated against these viruses.

The following resources provide information about staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and getting an influenza vaccine this winter.

Poster – Get ready for winter
Social tile – Get ready for winter
Social tile – Wintertime and respiratory viruses
Social tile – You can get your COVID-19 and influenza vaccines at the same time

COVID-19 winter booster dose

For some people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a COVID-19 vaccine winter dose is recommended to increase protection this winter.

These resources provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine winter dose, and who is eligible to receive one.

Fact sheet – Winter COVID-19 vaccine booster doses
Social tile – When can I get my COVID-19 winter dose?
Social tile – A COVID-19 winter dose increases protection

3 June 2022

World Wellness Group Multicultural Connect Line Tele-Health service launched

The Multicultural Connect Line has expanded to offer a nurse-led telehealth service for triage, assessment, referral and management for people from CALD backgrounds. This service has been funded by Brisbane South and Brisbane North Primary Health Network for people in the greater Brisbane region. Access this information sheet for General Practitioners, and find out more about the service.

2 June 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources for multicultural communities

The following resources provide information about changes made to the COVID-19 vaccination program after recommendations by ATAGI on 27 April 2022.

Fact sheet – Summary of updates to the COVID-19 vaccination program

Social tile – Updated interval between first and second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

Social tile – Getting your COVID-19 vaccine after testing positive for the virus

Poster – Getting your COVID-19 vaccine after testing positive for the virus.

1 June 2022

International travel restrictions lifted for Queensland state schools

International travel restrictions no longer apply for state school students, teachers, and department staff.

Since the Australian border reopened, the education department has been working through several issues related to travel, including insurance changes, so that restrictions could safely be lifted.

Find out more.

Australian Government updates

Find links to the latest essential information on the Australian Government website and information about the economic response to the Coronavirus.

Disability Provider Updates

The latest Commonwealth Department of Health Disability Provider Alerts can be accessed here.

QCOSS updates

As the peak body for social services in Queensland, QCOSS is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of every person, in every community in Queensland. As community services focus on how we continue to provide essential service to support people and communities during this crisis QCOSS will keep you up to date with what is happening in the sector.

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