What you need to know

COVID-19

With cases of COVID-19 in Australia growing rapidly, you may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious. There are measures you can put in place to protect yourself and your loved ones to live as well as possible during this time. We have summarised the latest key points from the federal government below.

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Vaccines and boosters

As winter approaches, it’s important to ensure you’re protected against the COVID-19 virus, particularly if you’re at risk of severe illness from the virus. If you haven’t received an initial booster dose and are currently eligible, speak to your GP about getting vaccinated. It’s also a great opportunity to discuss vaccination against influenza, and pneumococcal pneumonia if indicated, ahead of winter.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends an additional booster dose (a fourth dose) of a COVID-19 vaccine for groups who are greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-1 including:

  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Residents of aged care and disability care facilities
  • People aged 16+ who are severely immunocompromised including those receiving immunosuppressive therapies.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50+.

The additional winter booster can be given 4 months or longer after receiving the first booster dose, or 4 months after contracting COVID-19 if you became infected after receiving the first COVID-19 booster dose. For more information, visit the Department of Health website here.

We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about vaccines, staying well and what to do if you get COVID-19. Read more, here.

Home Medicines Service

The Home Medicines Service has been extended to 30 June 2022 for eligible Australians. This service is available for people in home isolation and other groups who wish to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19 including people with chronic health conditions or who are immunocompromised. To qualify for the Home Medicines Service, each delivery to an eligible person must include a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicine and/or a Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicine. You can order other items to be delivered to you from the pharmacy, including symptom relief, if it is part of the same order. Eligible people can receive the service no more than once per month.

For more information on eligibility and how to access the service, visit the Department of Health website here.

Being prepared

If you or your loved one is living with a lung condition, it is important to be prepared in the event of receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.  A plan may be developed with your treating healthcare team or GP and could include:

  • Instruction (action plan) on the actions to take if your usual symptoms change or worsen
  • Up-to-date prescriptions for both regular medications and emergency medications (if they are part of your plan)
  • When to seek further medical care or call an ambulance.

This information was last updated Friday 25 March 2022.

Service update

Lungs in Action

Lung Foundation Australia is working directly with our Lungs in Action Instructors to ensure safety measures are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. In states and regions which have little or no community transmission of COVID-19, face-to-face classes may have recommenced with an approved COVID Safe Plan. All Lungs in Action instructors are required to abide by State and Territory health advice and restrictions, some venues may be closed or operating at reduced capacity to accommodate COVID-safe guidelines. Please contact your Lungs in Action program to discuss availability and start dates. To find your nearest Lungs in Action group, please click here.

Lung Foundation Australia will communicate changes to the status of Lungs in Action classes via the Lung Foundation Australia website and social media channels. Please follow Lung Foundation Australia’s Facebook page to stay up to date.

Support groups 

Lung Foundation Australia is working with our face-to-face support groups to ensure safety measures are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. In states and regions which have little or no community transmission of COVID-19, face-to-face groups may be able to recommence, if an approved COVID Safe Plan is adopted. Lung Foundation Australia will communicate COVID-19 service updates on our Facebook page.

To find out more about our face-to-face, telephone and online peer support programs please click here.

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