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COVID-Ready: First Nations

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.

Now is the time to Get-COVID-Ready.

Even fully vaccinated (two doses) people might still get COVID-19. Most people will only get mild symptoms, like a sore throat and runny nose. But others might be worse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at greater risk of getting sick from COVID-19.

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

  1. Get vaccinated. The vast majority of Queenslanders are now fully vaccinated. It’s not too late to vaccinate.
  2. Prepare a Get COVID-Ready kit (PDF, 497 KB)
  3. Prepare a COVID Care Plan
  4. Read about what will happen if you get COVID-19.
  5. Prepare a COVID-19 Readiness Family Plan
  6. Read about what will happen if you get COVID-19.

Getting COVID-Ready

Prepare yourself for when COVID-19 arrives

  1. Keep away from others where you can
  2. Wash your hands a lot, and use sanitiser
  3. Make a plan (PDF, 1.4 MB) for you, your children and anyone else in your home. Make a copy of the plan (you can take a photo on your phone), and give it to your health worker or doctor.

Choose to mask up

Masks may be mandatory for some parts of Queensland, at some times. Keep up to date with current public health directions for your area.

Even if it’s not mandatory, keep wearing a mask if you want to. Wear a mask when you are not able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others.

Use your Check in Qld app wherever you go

You will need to keep checking into places you visit with the Check in Qld app.

Show your proof of vaccination

You must show proof of vaccination to enter some businesses and venues.

Everyone will still be able to access retail services, public transport, and places of worship.

If you have the latest version of the Check In Qld app, you can add your COVID-19 digital certificate so it’s ready to display when you check in at a venue. You'll need your myGov login to do this. Alternatively, you can print out a copy and carry it with you.

It's not too late to vaccinate

You can still get vaccinated. Book online on the Queensland Government website, on the Check In Qld app, or find your nearest walk-in clinic.

Book in your booster shot

Check with your health worker or doctor when you can get your booster shot. It might be from 2 months depending on other health conditions you have. If you're eligible, book now.

Testing

We use two types of tests to detect COVID-19 in Queensland, PCR test, which are carried out at testing clinics and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) which can be done at home.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote communities

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who lives in a rural or remote community, you have an increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 as you may:

  • have limited access to health and medical care
  • live in a multi-generational household or live with multiple people in one household
  • have pre-existing health conditions
  • be over the age of 50.

Where to get help

10 things you can do to Get COVID-Ready

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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.

Living with or supporting others

You may need to get COVID Care in Hospital if you live with others. Make sure you complete a COVID Care Plan for adults (PDF, 1,001 KB) and make other arrangements should you need to go to hospital.

The people you live with, and other close contacts, may also need to stay at home if you have COVID-19. The local public health unit will let them know how long they need to remain at home.

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COVID Care Plan

If you or a family member needs to go to hospital, a COVID Care Plan will contain important information about you and the people you care for. It will help your health worker or doctor understand your family’s health needs and decide on the best care.

Talk to your friends and family to see if they can care for your kids, pets, and other people in your care just in case you need to go to hospital.

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