Community Update

Last Update: 29 July 2022

We’re not in lockdown, which is a nice change from our last two winters. We can attend events and meet in person, but COVID and the flu are also out there mingling and meeting.

These illnesses are serious. We all have a role to play in reducing the spread and protecting vulnerable people in our community. 

Stay up-to-date with your COVID vaccines and get your flu shot. The good news is, you can get both vaccines at the same time. Book now with your doctor or pharmacist.

And if you’re feeling unwell - stay home. Mask up for others, and stay well this winter.  

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Face masks

Face masks are a simple way to help everyone stay well this winter.

Masks can help protect against COVID and other respiratory illnesses like the flu.

Face masks are strongly recommended if you:  

  • are in an indoor setting (like the supermarket)
  • can't physically distance
  • have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19

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Vaccinations

COVID vaccination

Following is a summary of updates to COVID vaccine recommendations: 

  • Adults aged 50 years and older are now recommended to get a winter booster dose (fourth dose)
  • Adults aged 30-49 years are now eligible to get a winter booster dose (fourth dose)
  • The time between booster doses has been reduced from four months to three months
  • The recommendation remains to wait three months after a COVID-19 infection before you receive your next COVID-19 vaccination
  • The immunity period, post having had COVID-19, has been shortened from 12 weeks to four weeks
  • All Victorians are now encouraged to wear a mask indoors and when you cannot physically distance
  • All Victorians are encouraged to work from home if they can

Find out where you can get vaccinated.

Flu vaccination

Getting your flu shot is the most effective way to stay protected from flu this winter. The flu shot is free for:  

  • people aged 65 and over
  • people who are pregnant
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older
  • people with medical conditions that put them at increased risk of severe flu.
  • Stay home if you are unwell, and if you're worried about your symptoms, speak to your doctor.

You can book your flu shot at your local GP or pharmacy.  

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COVID testing

Find out more information on COVID testing including 

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test you need to report your result and start your 7 days isolation.

If you are 70 or over, or have certain medical illnesses, you may be eligible for early treatment medicines to prevent you from getting so sick you would need hospital care. 

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Council services

We will let you know if we need to make any changes to our services.

Despite workplace impacts due to COVID-19 and other illnesses, most services continue with usual hours. 

Visit Council's website for updates. 

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Financial and other support

If you need additional support, there are a variety of services available in our community to help you and your family. This includes food, financial and crisis support.

The federal government's Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment has been extended. Claims are open.

Victorian Government support, including the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee, is also available to eligible people.  

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Translated Resources

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 简体中文 / 繁體中文
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - فارسی

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - tiếng Việt

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