Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age.


The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe.


The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the disease and how the virus spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by staying at least one metre apart from others, wearing a properly fitted mask where required, and washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently. Get vaccinated and follow the NSW public health order rules.



Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of taste or smell. Other reported symptoms include fatigue, acute blocked nose (congestion), muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis. It is important to maintain high testing rates to identify as many cases in the community as quickly as possible.


To get tested visit one of the COVID-19 clinics listed, call your GP or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 (24-hour help line).

Once you have been tested, you must go straight home and self isolate until you get your result, unless advised otherwise by NSW Health. Don’t stop off along the way.


Getting tested for COVID-19 is free, convenient and easy. When a General Practitioner (GP) referral is required for a private testing clinic, please check with your GP as GP charges may apply. COVID-19 testing for travel clearance purposes is conducted at private pathology clinics only. Charges may apply for COVID-19 testing services for travel.

Information on how to receive your test result, including how to register for SMS, is provided when you get tested. Results typically take 24-48 hours.


Download this information sheet, which outlines what you should do if you test positive for COVID-19.


  1. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment immediately.
  2. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.

  3. Everyone in NSW aged 12 years and over is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible

  4. NSW Health vaccination clinics and participating GPs and pharmacies are open for COVID-19 vaccination bookings.

  5. Please be aware your GP is working hard to support you to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. Please be respectful, your GP will make every effort to help you.
  6. Booster shots will be available from 1 November 2021.


Book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination

NSW Health vaccination clinics and participating general practices and pharmacies across the state are open for COVID-19 vaccination bookings. If you are aged 18 years or older you can book an appointment now.


To book an appointment at a location near you, visit the Australian Government eligibility checker. More locations are being added regularly so check back to find a clinic near you.


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You can find more information on getting your vaccination certificate here