Australia's rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is underway and continuing to expand.
Vaccines are a safe and proven method of providing immunity to many diseases, and those administered for protection against COVID-19 have passed strict trials and safety hurdles.
I encourage everybody to book an appointment for their shots as soon as they can - it's quick, easy and painless, as I can attest to!
Australian Government: General health advice and information regarding COVID-19 and the Government's response.
Department of Health: Information and updates regarding vaccines including varieties and rollout progress.
Queensland Government: Queensland-specific information on COVID-19 and vaccines.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is voluntary and free. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 or vaccines, I would strongly recommend you consult your family practitioner. It is best to avoid relying on third-party or unsourced information.
Health: Whilst the situation is evolving, it is important that we all act on the basis of the most up-to-date medical advice available. Do not believe everything you read on the internet or Facebook. For reliable and regularly updated advice, please visit www.health.gov.au. The most important advice right now is to limit your contact with other people and stay at home as much as you can – especially older Australians.
Translated in-language health advice can be accessed through the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal.
If you have flu-like symptoms, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Hotline 24/7 on 1800 020 080.
Small Business: Information on financial assistance measures announced by the Federal Government can be found here, or by calling 13 28 46.
Australian Tax Office: Details about the most recent package, including tax obligations, can be found here.
Services Australia (including Centrelink): Information on financial support for those affected by the virus, including those required to self-isolate without sufficient leave, can be found here.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Full travel advice can be found here in the first instance. For urgent consular assistance, please call the Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) in Canberra on 1300 555 135.
Mental Health: It is important to care for your mental health during these uncertain times. Information is available through Lifeline here, or by calling 13 11 14.
If I can be of assistance with any federal matters, please contact me via Milton.Dick.MP@aph.gov.au or 07 3879 6440