How you can help keep Queensland COVID safe

How you can help keep Queensland COVID safe

With new variants and waves of COVID-19 expected across Queensland everyone can help reduce their risk by doing a few small things to help keep everyone COVID safe:

Get up-to-date with your booster/vaccination—the vaccine is safe and effective, and is your greatest protection from COVID-19. Boosters are available for all Queenslanders aged 16 and over. They provide the greatest protection against COVID-19 and reduce the risk of serious illness from the virus.

  • If you’re aged 50 and over it’s especially important to be up-to-date with your boosters, as this age group accounts for around 97 per cent of our COVID-19 deaths.
  • Everyone over 30 should get their fourth dose if they have not done so already.
  • Even if you have had COVID-19, you should still get your booster.

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Wear a mask to reduce your risk—to protect yourself and others, face masks can be indoors or where you cannot physically distance. A good quality mask that fits well can both protect you from infection or, if you are unknowingly infected, prevent you from transmitting the virus. Face masks are still required in some situations, like healthcare settings, residential aged care and disability accommodation.

Find out more about wearing masks.

Test for COVID-19 if you have symptoms—you should use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.

If you, or anyone under your care, test positive on a RAT, you can report your positive result online.

If you don’t have a RAT kit and are unable to get one, you can get a PCR test at a private pathology-operated location.

Find a testing centre.

Stay home when sick—if you are feeling unwell, even with only very mild symptoms, it’s extremely important to stay home, if possible isolate from others in the household, test for COVID-19 and stay isolated until you get the results.

Check the COVID-19 symptoms.

Keep your distance—maintain physical distancing (1.5m) when you’re outside your home. Keep your distance if you can: at the shops, on public transport, at work, and when you’re visiting with others. Shaking hands, hugging and kissing hello are still not COVID safe.

Find out more about protecting yourself and others.

Good hand hygiene—sounds simple, but washing your hands properly is important. Wash your hands with soap regularly, try not to touch your face. Use hand sanitiser if you can’t wash your hands: at the shops, when using public transport, at work or when visiting with others.

See the six steps to washing your hands well.

Keeping Queensland COVID safe

Get up-to-date with your booster/vaccination
Wear a mask to reduce your risk
Test for COVID-19 if you have symptoms
Stay at home when sick
Maintain physical distancing (1.5m)
Maintain good hand hygiene

Staying connected

For general information about the Queensland Government’s response to COVID-19 you can call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

Last updated:
20 September 2022