Covid-19 continues to have an impact across the globe.
As we live with COVID-19, we can continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and at-risk Victorians.
Follow these 6 simple steps to help prevent severe illness and reduce the spread of the virus in our community.
Testing for COVID-19
You should report your positive rapid antigen test result online or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test now requires a referral from your GP.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. 1800 675 398. The Victorian Coronavirus Hotline diverts to the National Coronavirus Helpline every night between 4pm and 9am.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program
For information on the Covid-19 vaccination click here.
Vaccine boosters protect you from getting very sick with newer variants of COVID-19. Most Victorians have had 2 vaccine doses (a primary course). Once you have had these you can get your third dose, called a 'booster'. People who have had at least 1 booster are less likely to go to hospital and less likely to die, than people who have had 2 doses.
Everyone aged 16 years and older can have one booster.
Everyone aged 30 years and older can have two boosters
You can book or change a vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre through the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.
The vaccines are free. This includes for Australian citizens, permanent residents, refugees, people seeking asylum, temporary and provisional visa holders (including international students and temporary migrants).
You do not need a Medicare card to get a vaccine. If you do not have a Medicare card, you can apply for an Individual Health Identifier (IHI) number.
To do this, you will need to complete and submit a Request or update an Individual Healthcare Identifier form. You can also visit a Medicare office to get an IHI.
Local and Online Support
There are many local organisations that can provide a range of assistance, including food relief, legal services and mental health/wellbeing support. It is important to remember to use the services offered by your education provider, but support from other organisations is also available.
Stay Healthy and Informed
The Victorian Government's Coronavirus website provides health information and advice on COVID-19 in English and multiple languages. This includes information on Covid-19 symptoms, testing locations, vaccination, prevention, hygiene and handwashing, physical distancing requirements, restrictions and self isolation in Victoria.
Make sure you get correct and up-to-date Covid-19 information for Victoria by following:
Study Melbourne Support
Study Melbourne shares current and accurate information, and connects all international students in Victoria to resources that can help. The Study Melbourne Student Centre can assist you to access services, and provide free and confidential information, support and practical help. This includes mental health services, accommodation and employment legal advice and referrals to other servicers.