COVID-Ready: Older Queenslanders

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.

Older Queenslanders may be at increased risk of COVID-19 illness and are more vulnerable to serious complications if they do become infected. This includes older Queenslanders:

  • living in residential aged care
  • who have health conditions
  • who have a disability and need extra support.

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

  • get vaccinated
    • Vaccination teams are returning to residential aged care to offer a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to residents. Find out how to book your booster or ask your carer today.
    • It’s not too late to vaccinate. Ask your facility to organise your vaccination as quickly and safely as possible.
    • All aged care residents must provide valid consent before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. While it’s not mandatory to do this in writing, this valid consent form can be used if preferred.
    • Staff may also be eligible for their booster dose. Find out how to book.
  • prepare a COVID-Ready kit (PDF, 497 KB) . You should talk to your carer about a COVID-Ready kit, and which items you should have on hand yourself and which items your residential aged care facility will be able to supply.

If living at home, prepare a COVID Care  Plan (PDF, 1,001 KB) .

COVID Care Plan

The COVID Care Plan includes important information about you and your health.

If you live in residential aged care, you won’t need to complete a COVID Care Plan. Your carers already have the right information on hand.

Visiting someone in aged care

If you are planning on visiting someone living in residential aged care, please check the current restrictions on visiting residential aged care facilities.

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.

Get COVID-Ready kit video

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