COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Vaccinations and Testing for Winnunga Clients

By August 8, 2021November 2nd, 2021News

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) November 2021 Update

ALL Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 12 years and over are eligible for free COVID-19 vaccinations

Winnunga is now administering 3rd doses and booster doses to those who are eligible

There is ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 in the ACT. Although the ACT is out of lockdown, it is important to keep practicing COVID-safe behaviours such as hand hygiene, social distancing and use of the CBR Check-In app. Please come forward for testing if you have symptoms or you are exposed to COVID-19.


Please follow ACT Health directions if you are a close or casual contact.

Residents of Canberra and surrounding regions are encouraged to regularly check the list of exposure sites and follow the directions for testing and isolation. A list of current exposure sites can be found at: COVID-19 exposure locations in the ACT – COVID-19


Requirements for testing and isolation differ for close and casual contacts. More information can be found at: Information for close contacts – COVID-19

Information for casual contacts – COVID-19


Attending Winnunga and telephone consultations

Please maintain social distancing while attending Winnunga. Please do not gather in groups while waiting for services. Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the clinic, while waiting in the clinic and on your way out. You will also be required to wear a surgical mask while visiting Winnunga.


If you do not need to attend Winnunga in person our doctors can do telephone consultations. To organise a telephone consultation please call Winnunga on 6284 6222.


Winnunga Respiratory Clinic

The Respiratory Clinic is located in the old Winnunga building. Anyone who has a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell should go directly to this entrance. If you require testing because of recent exposure to COVID-19, please also present directly to the Respiratory Clinic.

Temperature, symptom and exposure screening is in place for all clients presenting to the main Winnunga entrance and you will be redirected to the Respiratory Clinic if you have symptoms or have been in an exposure location.

Please get tested immediately if you have a fever or any respiratory symptoms

In view of the current ACT outbreak and other outbreaks across the country, it is important to come forward for COVID-19 testing if you are unwell. If you or your children have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, headache or sudden loss of taste or smell please attend the Respiratory Clinic for testing.



COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccination is a safe and effective way of preventing yourself, Elders and family members from becoming sick with COVID-19. Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not compulsory, they are strongly recommended.

Everyone aged 12 years and over is now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination at Winnunga.


If you have been infected with COVID-19, it is safe for you to receive COVID-19 vaccinations once you have made a full recovery.

A 3rd dose is now recommended for people who are severely immunocompromised. The 3rd dose can be administered 2-6 months after the 2nd dose.

Booster doses are now recommended for everyone aged 18 and over.

Booster doses must be administered at least 6 months after your 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose. 

Please call reception on (02) 6284 6222 to book your vaccination. If you are unsure about getting vaccinated, we encourage you to discuss this with one of our healthcare workers. If you are unsure about your eligibility for a 3rd dose or booster dose, you can also discuss this with a healthcare worker.

If you are in quarantine you cannot attend Winnunga for a vaccination – please rebook your appointment for when you are out of quarantine.

More information on COVID-19 vaccinations

For the latest advice and updates from the Department of Health, visit:



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