Information about COVID-19

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Free flu vaccinations for Queenslanders

The COVID-19 vaccine won’t protect you against influenza. You need to have your flu vaccine every year to make sure you are fully protected.

The Queensland Government has extended it's  free influenza vaccinations until 17 July 2022, to all Queenslanders over 6 months of age who are not already eligible for free vaccination under the National Immunisation Program.

Some of the Queensland Health vaccine clinics below are offering both COVID-19 and flu vaccine to eligible people.

Due to declining COVID-19 numbers, high rates of COVID-19 vaccination and the availability of Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs), our COVID-19 services are winding down and our COVID-19 staff are returning back to hospitals and frontline health services.
  • Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 is still required to isolate for a period of 7 days. To end isolation, you must not have a fever, sore throat, runny nose, or a cough that is bad or getting worse, on day 7 of your isolation.

    If you do have any of these symptoms on day 7 of your isolation, you will need to remain in isolation until those symptoms have gone away.

    You do not need another COVID-19 test to end your isolation period. Read more about isolation when you have COVID-19.

    Virtual Ward

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whist COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes.

    Positive cases who are concerned about their health can contact our local COVID-19 Virtual Ward 7 days a week, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Phone 07 4243 4208 to speak directly with a clinician for assessment and or advice.

  • Due to declining COVID-19 numbers, high rates of COVID-19 vaccination and the availability of Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs), our fever clinics will be winding down their operations in coming weeks.

    As of 17 June 2022, our fever clinics (Portsmith, Atherton, Mossman, Innisfail, Mareeba, Tully hospitals) have ceased operations.

    You can contact your local GP for a referral to one of many private testing laboratories in our region.

    You do not need to get a PCR test if you test positive to a RAT. You must immediately isolate and report your positive test result online or phone 134 COVID (134268).

    COVID-19 testing for the purpose of outgoing international travel clearance is only available at private pathology collection centres and fees apply. Please contact your local Private Pathology Provider.

    Find your nearest local COVID-19 testing centre

    Rapid Antigen Test (RATs)

    You can buy RAT kits in retail shops and pharmacies.

    Schools have RAT kits for children who develop symptoms while at school.

    You can access free RAT kits from community pharmacies if you hold an eligible Commonwealth concession card.

    Leaving isolation

    You do not need a RAT to leave isolation if you tested positive to COVID-19.

    You may leave isolation if you have finished 7 full days of isolation from the COVID-19 test date, and have no fever or acute respiratory symptoms.

    See Queensland Health's Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19 in Queensland page for more information.

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whist COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes.

    Positive cases who are concerned about their health can contact our local COVID-19 Virtual Ward 7 days a week, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Phone 07 4243 4208 to speak directly with a clinician for assessment and or advice.

  • Queensland Health vaccine clinics

    COVID-19 vaccines are safeeffective and free.

    COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a wide range of GPs, pharmacists and community clinics.

    Find your nearest vaccination location

    The Pier Shopping Centre

    CLOSED

    Atherton Community, Allied and Mental Health

    45 - 56 Jack Street, Atherton

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free to those eligible

    Commencing 22 April 2022
    Every Friday 10 am - 4 pm
    To book phone 07 4091 0399

    Innisfail Community Health Centre

    Fitzgerald Esplanade, Innisfail

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free to those eligible

    Commencing 6 May 2022
    Every Friday 10 am - 4 pm
    To book phone 07 4016 1456

    No clinic Friday 8 July due to Innisfail Show Holiday. Clinic will open Thursday 7 July 2022.

    Community Health - Mareeba Hospital

    21 Lloyd Street, Mareeba

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free those eligible

    Commencing 20 April 2022
    Every Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
    To book phone 07 4092 8777

    Mossman Multi-Purpose Health Service

    9 Hospital Street, Mossman

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free to those eligible

    Commencing 26 April 2022
    Every Tuesday and Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
    To book phone 0491 212 540

  • Your safety and that of your family and loved ones is our priority.

    There are visitor restrictions in our Intensive Care Unit, Maternity,Liz Plummer Cancer Centre and Emergency Department (see details below).

    Visitors must wear a face mask at all times.

    Thank you for your understanding, and helping us keep our patients and staff safe from COVID-19.

    Other visitors may be permitted to enter the hospital on a case-by-case basis, under special circumstances.

    Intensive Care Unit

    ICU is ready to return to their usual visiting arrangements:

    11 am to 1 pm
    3 pm to 7 pm
    8 pm to 10 pm

    • No more than two visitors at a time
    • Please minimise visits by children

    Emergency Department

    No visitors are permitted in Emergency Departments at this time with the exception of:

    • Compassionate grounds
    • Paediatric
    • Patient has a carer.

    Maternity

    • Maximum of two visitors at a time

    Liz Plummer Cancer Care

    No visitors are permitted in LPCC with the exception of:

    • One carer may attend if the patient requires care.
    • Other exemptions may apply in exceptional circumstances.

    These restrictions are in place to protect you and your loved one. If you are unsure or wish to seek an exemption, please contact the Cancer Care Unit Manager before visiting.

  • Important update

    Government-arranged COVID-19 isolation accommodation is no longer available in Cairns, in line with statewide changes.

    With more than 94 per cent of Far North Queenslanders now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the virus being more widespread – we are effectively living with COVID-19 - there is no longer a requirement to manage the isolation of individuals infected with COVID-19 as there once was.

    Thank you to all of our accommodation providers for their hard work, support and assistance throughout the pandemic response. They have played an important role in preventing COVID-19 from spreading in our communities.

    Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 is still required to isolate for a period of 7 days, until they test negative to the virus. Read more about isolation when you have COVID-19.

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whilst COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes. Positive cases who are concerned about their health can contact our local COVID Virtual Ward 7 days 8 am - 4.30 pm. Phone 07 4243 4208 to speak directly with a clinician for assessment and or advice.

    For information about quarantine accommodation located elsewhere in Queensland, visit resources for government-nominated accommodation.

    For more information about restrictions for visitors entering Queensland from overseas, click here.

Last updated: June 2022