All Queenslanders: COVID-Ready

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.

Some simple things you can do to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe include:

COVID Care Plan

The COVID Care Plan includes important information about you, your health and people in your household. You can share it with:

  • your health worker or doctor
  • other health workers such as disability carers
  • hospital staff
  • a friend or family member.

Getting COVID-Ready

9 things you can do to get COVID-Ready

  1. Get vaccinated
    If you are fully vaccinated, you are less likely to go to hospital, get seriously ill, or die from COVID-19.
  2. Get a booster shot
    A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers additional protection. Find more information on where you can get the COVID-19 booster dose and why it is so important.
  3. Talk to your health worker or specialist
    Make an appointment to see your health worker, doctor or specialist if you have any health concerns or conditions.
  4. Link your proof of vaccination to your Check In Qld app, or print it out
    You’ll need this at cafes, pubs, sports venues and cinemas.
  5. Get tested
    Get a COVID-19 test if you have any symptoms, and stay home until you get your result. You can use a PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test. Find your closest COVID-19 testing and fever clinics.
  6. Mask up
    Carry a mask with you at all times, even when they aren’t mandatory. Use it when you can’t keep 1.5 metres away from others, or where restrictions apply.
  7. Sign up for health alerts
    Visit the Queensland Health website and sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date with all COVID-19 information.
  8. Complete a COVID Care Plan
    Be prepared in case you need to go to hospital.
  9. Prepare a Get COVID-Ready kit
    In case you need to isolate at home.

It’s not too late to vaccinate

If you’re not already vaccinated, book in today or find your nearest walk-in vaccination clinic.

COVID-19 vaccines and health care are free for everyone in Queensland, even if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This includes:

  • people without a Medicare card
  • overseas visitors
  • international students
  • migrant workers
  • asylum seekers.

Book in your booster shot

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides extra protection if you’ve already had two doses.

Find out more about boosters, including when you are eligible.

Display 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 can print out a copy and carry it with you.

Get tested

Get tested immediately if you have any of these symptoms, even if they are mild:

  • headache
  • loss of smell and/or taste
  • nasal congestion
  • cough
  • muscle pain.

You can use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or get a PCR test.

Find your nearest testing centre.

Choose to mask up

Masks may be mandatory for some parts of Queensland at some times.

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.

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, 497 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.

10 things you can do to Get COVID-Ready

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Contact tracing

From 31 December 2021, Queensland Health will only notify of major outbreak venues or super-spreader events in Queensland.