COVID-19 latest updates
Queensland Government COVID-19 updates
- Department of Health: COVID-19 hub
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- Treasury: Economic response to COVID-19
19 January 2023
Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) service now available
Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) is a service where an EVA phone operator can call you back and, in your language, assist you with making a COVID-19 vaccination booking.
You can also use the service if you want to talk to a health expert about COVID-19 treatments.
18 January 2023
Queensland COVID-19 Traffic Light level de-escalated
The Queensland Health COVID-19 Community Traffic Light level has de-escalated from amber (tier 1) back to green (baseline) as of 7:00am, 18 January 2023. This follows advice from the Chief Health Officer that there are clear indicators that the current COVID-19 wave is coming to an end.
Further information on the Community Traffic Light setting is published on the Queensland Health website.
16 January 2023
Book a vaccination or booster today
Book in for your vaccination today. To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
- use the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder on the Australian Government Department of Health website
- book through a local pharmacy
- contact the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080
- talk to your GP.
If you are deaf, or hard of hearing, you can call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 660.
19 December 2022
COVID-19 symptom and Antiviral eligibility tracker
The healthdirect COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker is now available in 11 languages.
These languages include: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Use the COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker to check your COVID-19 symptoms, and see if you may be eligible for COVID-19 oral treatments.
Check out the tool here.
7 December 2022
Video resources: COVID-19 vaccination – Safe, free and effective
The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) has developed new video resources in Dari, Hazaragi, Somali, Swahili, Tigrinya and Mandarin. The videos were developed in consultation with those specific language groups to understand perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccine in these Queensland communities.
21 November 2022
COVID-19 Traffic Light setting: Amber
Amber (orange) means there is an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and more people in hospital. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer recommends new health advice to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is important to follow the health advice to protect you and the people around you from COVID-19.
It is recommended to wear a mask when you are indoors and cannot socially distance 1.5 metres. This includes:
- at work
- indoor venues, for example shopping centres
- indoor community events
- places of worship
- gatherings, for example weddings or funerals.
You should wear a mask:
- in healthcare settings (GPs, hospitals, aged care, and disability accommodation)
- on public transport
- if you are older or at higher risk
- if you are around people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, such as older people, people with disability and people who are very sick or immunocompromised.
You should wear a mask if you are asked to do so by your employer, a healthcare provider, a venue or household you are visiting.
You may also be interested in the following resources:
- Where to get help for COVID-19 (plain English)
- What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (translations available)
- Medical care for COVID-19 (translations available)
- Get the latest.
11 November 2022
Disability Accomodation Services update
Queensland Health has developed a COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Manual for acute and non-acute healthcare settings. The manual outlines recommended minimum requirements for managing patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and other acute respiratory illnesses in healthcare settings.
Appendix 6 of the Manual provides a framework for deciding whether to escalate or de-escalate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in community healthcare, corrections, and hospitals. This resource may be used by disability accommodation services to decide on appropriate PPE levels.
Services may wish to align their level of PPE use with the new COVID-19 Community Traffic Light level, which is Amber from 11 November. The manual is available here.
10 November 2022
Masks recommended in vulnerable settings
Authorities are recommending masks in certain settings from Friday, 11 November 2022. Queensland Chief Health Officer John Gerrard has advised the state’s traffic light COVID-19 advisory system should switch from green to amber due to an increase in community transmission of COVID-19 and an increase in hospitalisations.
It is recommended that people should wear a mask in healthcare settings, on public transport and in rideshare vehicles, indoors where you cannot socially distance, and if you are around people who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
9 November 2022
COVID-19 oral treatments for people without a Medicare card
The Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care advised that people that are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are eligible for oral antiviral treatments.
If you don’t have a Medicare Card, you may still be able to get oral treatments from your doctor or a General Practice Respiratory Clinic.
The cost for the COVID-19 oral treatment will depend on your circumstances. Your doctor, or General Practice Respiratory Clinic, will have more information about payment options. To find clinics that offer free services to people with or without a Medicare card, you can visit this link.
You can find further information about accessing COVID-19 oral treatments without a Medicare card by reading this factsheet.
4 November 2022
Continued COVID-19 support for NDIS participants
COVID-19 supports will continue for NDIS participants. Updated COVID-19 measures effective from 1 October 2022 include:
- ability for eligible participants at particular risk from COVID-19 to purchase a portable air purifier as flexible low-cost assistive technology if required to help ensure supports in their home are delivered safely
- extension of workforce support arrangements (to 31 January 2023) to provide additional cover over the Christmas and New Year period
- changes to support measures for supported independent living providers, with claims for additional supports moving from $1,200 per participant per day to $1,200 per household per day where a participant is required to self-isolate or quarantine.
The COVID-19 Addendum now reflects these changes.
1 November 2022
COVID-19 Community Traffic Light rating
Queensland Health has developed a COVID-19 Community Traffic Light system, which provides advice for the community on measures they should consider following when the community risk of COVID-19 is at green (baseline), amber (tier 1), or red (tier 2).
Queensland Health will set the current level based on consideration of a broad range of epidemiological and other COVID-19 risk factors.
The initial level of the COVID-19 Community Traffic Light is green (baseline).
Advice on the up-to-date status of the level is available here.
Infection prevention and control manual
Queensland Health has developed a COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Manual for acute and non-acute healthcare settings. The Manual outlines recommended minimum requirements for managing patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and other acute respiratory illnesses in healthcare settings.
Appendix 6 of the Manual provides a framework for deciding whether to escalate or de-escalate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in community healthcare, corrections and hospitals.
Disability accomodation services may use this resource to decide on appropriate PPE levels. It is likely PPE levels will align with the corresponding COVID-19 Community Traffic Light level.