Australia we are in this together!

COVID-19 is a new strain of a coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019.  COVID-19 like other viruses is continually undergoing changes to its genetic structure (the blueprint that shows a cell how to create more of the virus).  Every time someone is infected with a virus there is an opportunity for the virus to change a little and sometimes the change is in such a way that it makes it easier for the virus to spread, or to make people sicker (variant of concern). At the moment, the Delta variant of concern, which was first identified in October 2020, is causing more infections and is spreading faster than early forms of the virus.  Data suggests that the Delta variant causes more severe illness and increase number of hospitalisations than previous strains of COVID-19 in the unvaccinated population.

If you are aged 18 years or over, you can get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy.  Pharmacies have joined the fight in getting Australia Armed against the COVID-19 virus.  Contact your local pharmacy today to make an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.What happens if I don’t get the second dose?

A single dose of COVID-19 vaccine will provide only partial protection against COVID-19 and this protection is likely to be of shorter duration unless the second dose is given.  For optimal protection against COVID-19, two doses are required.

Your mental wellbeing is very important to us. 

The coronavirus has meant that our lives have changes drastically, from working from home or not being able to see family and friends regularly. By following State and Federal COVID restrictions such as physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine practices, we are all playing an important role in preventing the spread of the virus within the community. It is completely natural to be worried about how much your life has changed and the safety of yourself and your loved ones.  Research has shown that, current situations can impact your ability to think clearly and cope with daily challenges.

If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, first thing to know is that you are not alone.  Feel free to speak to your local pharmacist if you experience anxiety, mood changes, feel overwhelmed or find it difficult to sleep that it is affecting your life in a negative way.

2. I am not mentally and emotionally coping at the moment, what services are available?

Apart from speaking to your Doctor and Pharmacist, the following can offer immediate services.

Beyond Blue1800512348
Lifeline Australia 131114
Domestic Violence Line1800656463
Suicide Callback Service1300659467

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

For more information, please head to NSW Mental Wellbeing.