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

By February 27, 2020March 23rd, 2021News

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

Vaccination is a safe and effective way of preventing yourself, Elders and family members from becoming sick with COVID-19.

Although COVID-19 vaccination is not compulsory, it is strongly recommended.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now running at Winnunga and we encourage all who are eligible under phase 1B of the rollout to book their appointment.

Winnunga clients who are eligible under phase 1B include:

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55 years of age
  • People over 18 years of age who have certain chronic diseases, mental health conditions or a disability
  • People who work in emergency services or other high-risk settings (healthcare, defence, police, fire or meat processing)
  • Non-Indigenous clients over 70 years of age

To find out if you are eligible you can use the online eligibility checker, available at: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

If you are not a current client of Winnunga but you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and meet the eligibility criteria, we are able to schedule an appointment for you to have your COVID-19 vaccination.

Please call reception on (02) 6284 6222 to book your vaccination. If you are unsure of your eligibility you will be able to talk to one of our nurses.

Precautions

COVID-19 vaccination is not currently recommended for clients under 18 years old.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, a decision to vaccinate will need to be discussed with a medical practitioner.

Your COVID-19 vaccination needs to be separated from other vaccines, like the flu vaccination, by at least 14 days.

More information on COVID-19 vaccinations

Common questions and answers for First Nations people and COVID-19 vaccination can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-common-questions-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples

For the latest advice and updates from the Department of Health, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

The Respiratory Clinic is still operating

The Respiratory Clinic has a separate entrance. Anyone who has a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell should go to this entrance. Nurses may direct you to the Respiratory Clinic after screening when you arrive. You will be asked to wear a mask while waiting at the Respiratory Clinic.

Please get tested if you have symptoms

It is really important to keep doing COVID tests even if case numbers are low. Outbreaks in other states have shown how easily COVID can spread, and the earlier we detect any cases the safer our community will be. If you or your children have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell please attend the Respiratory Clinic for testing.

Telephone consultations

Winnunga doctors can still do telephone consultations. To organise a telephone consultation please call Winnunga on 6284 6222.

Social distancing and hand washing

Please maintain social distancing while attending Winnunga. Please do not gather in groups while waiting for services. Please use the hand sanitiser provided while waiting at Winnunga, before entering the clinic and on your way out.

More information on COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation evolves Winnunga will inform clients and the community of any further changes to our service through our Facebook page, Instagram, our website and by email.

For the latest ACT advice and resources go to ACT Health: www.health.act.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

For the latest national advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au

The National Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

 

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