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COVID-Ready: Families

COVID-19 is now circulating widely in Queensland.

It’s likely that most Queenslanders will either get COVID-19, or be directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Wherever you live, whatever your health conditions and whatever your vaccination status, you’ll be cared for.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your children, your friends and your family members safe:

  1. Prepare a COVID Ready kit (PDF, 497 KB)
  2. Prepare a COVID Care Plan for parents and carers (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  3. Speak to your children about COVID-19 using the Birdie and the Virus storybook series
  4. Read about what will happen if you get COVID-19.

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Get COVID-Ready kit

COVID-19 is now circulating widely in Queensland, so it’s a good time to prepare your Get COVID-Ready kit (PDF, 1,000 KB) .

If you get COVID-19 and need to isolate, it may be too late to get the essentials in order. Be prepared and do what you can now.

Your kit should include:

  • a thermometer
  • pain relief
  • your regular medications
  • a plan for who can look after your children, pets, or people in your care only if you have to go to hospital
  • face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves
  • a plan for how you’ll get food and essentials for two weeks such as frozen meals, long life milk, and supplies and food for your pets. If possible, arrange a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you to shop for you and leave it at your door
  • phone numbers for people you can call if you need help
  • stay-at-home activities to keep you entertained
  • a COVID Care Plan in case you get COVID-19. You can give it to your health worker or doctor if you need to go to hospital.

Print out a copy (PDF, 497 KB) to put on  your fridge.

Get COVID-Ready kit

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COVID Care Plan for parents / carers and children

The COVID Care Plan for adults (PDF, 1,001 KB) includes important information about you, your health and people in your household. You can share it with:

  • your doctor
  • health workers
  • hospital staff
  • a friend or family member.

There are two sections in this form. Complete the first section if you are a parent or legal carer of a child. It will help your health worker or doctor look after you if you get COVID-19. Use the second section to share information about your child’s needs and who will care for them if you need to get COVID Care in Hospital (PDF, 1.0 MB) .

If you need to go to hospital, you may need to organise temporary care for your children, even if they have COVID-19. Ask a trusted adult if they are willing to care for your children if they have COVID-19.

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Talking about COVID with my children

Take the time to talk to your children about COVID-19.

Children’s Health Queensland has some great information and videos to explain COVID-19 to your children.

It’s important to tell them that most people will experience mild symptoms and will be cared for at home.

Some parents and carers who get COVID-19 might need to get COVID Care in Hospital. You should talk to your family and friends and ask if they could care for your children if you got COVID-19 and needed to go to hospital to get care.

Complete the COVID Care Plan for parents / carers and children. You can include important information about each of your children, such as their favourite bedtime stories and activities.

Staying safe during your pregnancy

To stay safe from COVID-19 while you are pregnant, you should:

  • wash your hands with soap and water regularly
  • socially distance (stay 1.5 metres from others)
  • wear face masks if you want to or when you can’t socially distance.

It is safe to get vaccinated if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Find out more about getting COVID-19 while pregnant.

Unvaccinated visitors

Visitors to hospitals must be fully vaccinated (two doses), with limited exceptions.

To minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 to your newborn, you and your partner should be fully vaccinated. If your partner is unvaccinated, they can still join you in the birthing suite as a support person, unless they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently visited a hotspot. The hospital may place extra requirements on your unvaccinated partner such as wearing a mask, and not moving into any other parts of the hospital.

COVID-19 outbreaks during your hospital stay

If there’s a COVID-19 outbreak in your area, while you’re in hospital during or after your pregnancy, you will still receive the same level of maternity care

Extra precautions will be taken to make sure everyone is kept safe. Staff will still help with your newborn needs while you are in hospital and provide ongoing information and care once you are home.

Antenatal appointments

For your health and the health of your baby, you should continue to attend all your antenatal appointments. Some of these appointments may be done through telehealth (phone or video call), but your health provider will let you know if that is the case. If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, hospitals and medical centres are prepared to continue the care of pregnant women, but extra precautions may need to be taken to keep everyone safe.

Vaccination

The Pfizer vaccine is safe at any stage of pregnancy. It is recommended by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

It is safe to get vaccinated at any time if you are breastfeeding. You should continue to breastfeed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

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