COVID-19 INFORMATION IN ENGLISH

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Greater Sydney, including Wollongong is in lockdown until Thursday 30 September 2021. The information below will help you care for your own safety and the safety of your family members and community. 
 

Stay at home restrictions apply across New South Wales. A person who has to follow the stay at home rules can only be away from their home with a reasonable excuse. A person who lives in a stay at home area must return to their place of residence as soon as reasonably practicable if directed by a Police officer (who has a reasonable suspicion a person is not complying with the stay at home requirements).

In stay at home areas, a person must wear a mask at all times when outdoors (excluding when at home).

 

A person can also only enter Greater Sydney (which includes the Blue Mountains and Wollongong) from outside of Greater Sydney with a reasonable excuse. 

 

More information can be found here.

GETTING TESTED

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.

GETTING VACCINATED

  • If you are 60 years and over and have not yet been vaccinated, please book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with your doctor (GP) immediately.
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  • You can now receive your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose 4-8 weeks after your first dose. 

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  • If you have had your first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine but your second dose appointment is not within the next four weeks, ask your GP to bring your appointment forward. This will give you protection sooner.

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  • If you are aged 40-59 years, have not yet been vaccinated and are unable to obtain an appointment for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, please discuss your circumstances with your GP or book an appointment at a NSW Health vaccination clinic for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Anyone aged 18-39 wishing to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is encouraged to talk to their GP or to book an appointment at a NSW Health vaccination clinic or participating pharmacy.

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  • 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.

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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 check your eligibility and 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.