For the latest COVID-19 updates, information by Local Government Areas and postcodes, visit the DHHS Victorian Coronavirus COVID-19 data page.
To find more information visit the Victorian Government's COVIDSafe settings page.
COVID-19: Being ready to quarantine
As there are now more COVID-19 cases in the community, there is a greater chance that we will be exposed to the virus and may develop COVID-19. Even if you are vaccinated, you can still get COVID-19 and will have to isolate at home.
People who are infected with COVID-19 need to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. There are some simple things you can do to be prepared in case you, your family or housemates have to go into quarantine at home.
There is also a handy checklist to help you prepare for isolation and tips to help you manage COVID-19 at home, visit the Checklist for families and individuals to prepare for COVID-19 page.
Information on preparing to isolate is also available in community languages, listen to the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council's How to prepare: Isolation at home COVID-19.
To find out more, visit our COVID-19: Being Ready to Quarantine page.
Getting tested for COVID-19
COVID-19 is now wide spread in our community. It is important that we all do our bit to protect ourselves, our families and our community.
Testing update: Rapid Antigen Tests
Everyone’s first option should be to use a rapid antigen test.
They are quick and highly accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. These tests can be done at home and most will provide you with a result in 15 to 30 minutes.
If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a case and you must follow your checklist and report your result as soon as you can. You don’t need a standard PCR test if you have a positive rapid antigen test.
After you report, you will receive text messages from the Department of Health.
Immediately isolate from the day you took the rapid antigen test. The length of time you have to isolate depends on your symptoms and where you work.
Follow your Checklist to see how long you should isolate and remember and tell your contacts, workplace and education contacts you have COVID-19.
If you are still waiting on the result of a PCR test but you tested positive on a rapid antigen test, you are now a case and you must report your rapid antigen test.
- If you have symptoms or you are a household or household-like contact, and you can't access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test.
- If you can't access either test at the moment, isolate at home until you can.
- Most people with COVID-19 will experience mild-to-moderate symptoms. See how to manage COVID-19 at home and isolate effectively.
Who should get a PCR test?
Everyone’s first option should be to use a rapid antigen test. They are quick and highly accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
If you can’t access a rapid antigen test, and you have COVID1-9 symptoms, or are a household contact you should get a PCR test. If you cannot get a PCR test, isolate until you can get one or a Rapid Antigen Test.
There are some circumstances where it is recommended you confirm your positive rapid antigen test result with a PCR test such as when you don’t have symptoms and don’t believe you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
Remember: if you are getting a PCR to confirm your positive rapid antigen test result, you are still required to isolate before you get a PCR test and while you wait for the result of your PCR test.
You can leave isolation to get tested, get medical help or medical supplies, to escape family violence, or if it’s an emergency.
More information can be found at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-tests
To find out where you or your children can get tested for COVID-19, visit the Where to get tested page.
If you are unsure about whether you should get a test, get advice by:
- calling the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or your general practitioner
- using the Department of Health and Human Service's (DHHS) online self-assessment tool
Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting
Financial support during COVID-19
The Victorian government is offering a range of financial support packages to families, international students and businesses impacted by COVID-19. For further information, visit the Financial and other support for COVID-19 page.
COVID-19 vaccination information
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available to everyone aged 5 years and over. You need two doses to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You can use the online booking system to book an appointment at a vaccination centre or you can call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. You can also get your COVID-19 vaccine through participating doctor's clinics, pharmacies, or community health services. Read more about how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
COVID-19 vaccination third doses
COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna third doses are now available to anyone aged 16 and over. If you had your second dose 3 months ago or earlier, you are due for your third now. Read more about third doses. You can get a Pfizer or Moderna third dose regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses. Book your third dose today at a GP, pharmacy or medical centre or a Victorian vaccination centre.
Anyone aged 5 years and over who is severely immunocompromised can receive three primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This third dose can be provided 2 to 6 months after the second dose.
COVID-19 vaccination fourth dose
ATAGI has updated its recommendations for a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce severe disease from the emerging surge of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariant infections, and to reduce the burden on Australian hospitals and the healthcare system in coming months.
The updated recommendations are:
- Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
- The interval recommended between a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection or the first booster dose and a winter booster dose is now 3 months.
ATAGI emphasises that people previously eligible for a winter booster dose remain at higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and should receive a winter booster dose as soon as possible. They include:
- all adults aged 65 years or older
- residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older
- people who are severely immunocompromised (this will be their fifth dose)
- people aged 16 years or older with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
- people aged 16 years or older with disability, significant or complex health needs, or multiple comorbidities which increase the risk of a poor outcome.
Vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds
You can now book the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds. Read more about Pfizer. Bookings are available at GP clinics and pharmacies through the Australian Government’s Vaccine Clinic Finder. The recommended interval for vaccination in this age group is two doses, 8 weeks apart.
Local GP COVID-19 vaccine providers
The following information lists local general practitioners who are COVID-19 vaccine providers. Vaccinations are also available at the Spurway site, 89-91 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena contact 03 9119 1074 or book online.
|General practitioner||Address||Contact number|
|Allegiance Medical Centre, Bentleigh||1/367A Centre Road, Bentleigh||03 8525 1480|
|Bentleigh Doctors||326 Centre Road, Bentleigh||03 7034 7000|
|Centre Road Medical Centre, Bentleigh East||868 Centre Road, Bentleigh East||03 9563 7766|
|Mackie Road Clinic, Bentleigh East||82 Mackie Road, Bentleigh East||03 9579 3866|
|Carnegie and Malvern Medical Centre||1036 Dandenong Road, Carnegie||03 9572 2211|
|Carnegie Medical Centre||232 Koornang Road, Carnegie||03 9568 5300|
|Rosstown Family Medical Centre, Carnegie||73 Rosstown Road, Carnegie||03 9571 2244|
|Caulfield Family Medical Practice||263 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield||03 9528 1910|
|Alma Village Medical Centre, Caulfield North||352 Orrong Road, Caulfield North||03 9527 2985|
|Wilk Street Medical, Caulfield North||17 Wilk Street, Caulfield North||03 9077 9997|
|South Caulfield Family Medical Clinic||348 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South||03 9528 3990|
|Your Health Place and Dental, Glen Huntly||1176 Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly||03 9939 3909|
|Ormond Medical Centre||549 North Road, Ormond||03 9578 1620|
Migration Council Australia (MCA) has developed a Government sponsored multilingual resource for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support. To download the app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play. www.myauscovid-19.org.au
For information about COVID-19 in your language, please see the DHHS translated COVID-19 resources
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