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:
- prepare a COVID Ready kit
- prepare a COVID Care Plan for parents and carers
- speak to your children about COVID-19 using the Birdie and the Virus storybook series
- read about what will happen if you get COVID-19.
COVID Care Plan for parents, carers and children
The COVID Care Plan for adults 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 .
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.
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.
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.
Your unvaccinated partner must comply with any requirements the hospital puts in place such as wearing a mask and maintaining distance from others..
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.
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.
The COVID-19 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.
- COVID Care Plan for adults
- COVID Care Plan for parents / carers and children
- My COVID-19 symptom diary
- Where to get help
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination certificate
- 10 ways to keep safe and Get COVID-Ready
- Staying safe during your pregnancy
- How to look after your mental health and wellbeing