Community Update - 1 September 2021

Published: Wednesday 01 Sep 2021

The Premier has announced some easing of restrictions. This includes the reopening of playgrounds with strict rules and QR codes for checking in and slight easing on in-home care for school aged children if both parents authorised workers.

All other current restrictions, including the five reasons* to leave home, remain in place until the next review on 23 September, based on the target of 70% of adults having had their first vaccine dose.

Five Reasons

The five reasons to leave home within 5km now apply in all of Victoria:

  • shopping for the things you need – one person per household per day
  • care and caregiving, medical attention
  • exercise for up to two hours, with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unsupervised. The other person can be from another household
  • authorised work and study, with an Authorised Worker Permit or permit for authorised higher education
  • to get a vaccine

Mayor's encouragement to get vaccinated

Vaccination protects us from serious illness and death, and protects our healthcare system and workers from being overwhelmed. Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Munroe says, "I’ve had my two doses of Astra Zeneca with no issues. All Victorians over 16 can now make an appointment and get a jab, and some Victorians from 12 and above are also eligible.

Your GP or a qualified clinician at a vaccination hub can talk over the options and help you make informed vaccine decisions. Remember that two doses are better than one and immunity takes a few weeks to kick in – so the sooner you start, the sooner you’re protected. Get your vaccine information from reliable sources such as your GP or www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine or www.health.gov.au and book online or via 1800 675 398.

Student vaccinations

We need your help in reaching that 70% goal by getting vaccinated. From 7-17 September year 12 students, teachers and examiners will be given priority booking access at state-run vaccination clinics.

Appointments can be made from Monday 6 September - walk-ups are not available as part of this blitz. The Department of Health and the Department of Education will work directly with schools, and students and parents will receive the advice on how to arrange a booking through their schools.

General practices are currently experiencing a high number of phone calls from people interested in receiving the vaccine. Please use online bookings where possible, online for Commonwealth sites including clinics and pharmacies or refer to this list of vaccination clinics in Victoria (page 5-7).

Remember, COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, even if you don’t have a Medicare card. This may include refugees, people seeking asylum, temporary and provisional visa holders (including international students and temporary migrants).

Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres for more information on Victoria’s vaccination centres, including locations and opening hours.

Stay 1.5m apart when possible. Do not wait for days to get tested once you develop symptoms. If we have visited an exposure site or have even mild symptoms, we should get tested, and stay at home while waiting for the results. Get vaccinated. Comply with QR check-in requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar for people with underlying medical conditions

A COVID-19 vaccine webinar for people with underlying health conditions will be held at 12pm on Friday 17 September. Attendees must register via Eventbrite to attend.

COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar

Council services  

Playgrounds will be open for children under 12 with only one parent or carer. Adults should not remove their masks to eat or drink. QR codes for checking in will be in place.

We will continue to provide essential services to the Whitehorse community, such as Meals on Wheels, waste collection, Maternal Child Health Services and childhood immunisation. 

Our Customer Service centres will be closed to visitors. They will continue to serve our community, but this will be online, via Council’s website, phone on 9262 6333 or email at customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au and not in person. 

Many of our staff are working from home to continue providing a wide range of Council services. You can still reach us through our website or on 9262 6333. 

Translated Resources

COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry can be found on the Coronavirus website or access them via the links below. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.

Chinese - Simplified and Traditional 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 简体中文 / 繁體中文
Including Mandarin and Cantonese audio files - 普通话/广东话

Greek

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ελληνικά

Hindi

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - हिन्दी

Italian

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Italiano

Korean

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 한국어

Persian (Farsi)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - فارسی

Vietnamese

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - tiếng Việt

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