2 August 2022
In this issue
- Are you over 70 and have COVID-19? You are eligible for COVID-19 antiviral medicine
- Do you have COVID-19? Get health support in your language.
- Recovered from COVID-19? You won’t be a close contact for 28 days.
- What COVID-19 vaccine dose do you need?
- Book your COVID-19 vaccination in your language with a text message
Are you over 70 and have COVID-19? You are eligible for oral COVID-19 medicine
COVID-19 antiviral medicines help lower the risk of becoming very sick and the need to go to hospital for treatment.
These medicines work best when taken within 5 days of having COVID-19. It is very important you get tested as soon as you have symptoms.
All people aged 70 years and older can receive the oral COVID-19 medicine.
You may also be eligible if you are:
- 18 years or older and severely immunocompromised
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 30 years or older with 2 additional risk factors
- 50 years or older with two additional risk factors.
Find out if you are eligible by reading the translated fact sheets on COVID-19 oral treatments, or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, select ‘option 8’ for free interpreting assistance if required.
For prescriptions and advice, call your doctor for a phone appointment.
The doctor can send the prescription to your local pharmacy who may also deliver to your home.
If your usual doctor is not available, make a phone appointment at a GP respiratory clinic.
Do you have COVID-19? Get health support in your language.
If you have COVID-19 and need health support, talk to your doctor or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
If you don’t speak English and are concerned about your COVID-19 symptoms:
- call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, and
- select ‘option 8’ for free interpreting assistance.
If you feel very sick, such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and tell them you have COVID-19.
For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDpositive.
Recovered from COVID-19? You won’t be a close contact for 28 days.
After recovering from COVID-19, you won’t be considered a close contact for 28 days (previously 3 months) if you come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
If you have new COVID-19 symptoms 28 days after finishing COVID-19 isolation, you should get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get your result.
For more information about close contact advice, visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacts
What COVID-19 vaccine dose do you need?
Having the recommended number of vaccinations can help protect you, your family and your community against COVID-19.
The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses you should have depends on your age or if you are at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19 because of other medical conditions.
Talk with your doctor if you have questions about getting vaccinated.
Find translated information about the COVID-19 vaccine Booster dose (third) and Winter dose (fourth) in your language and share with your family and friends.
Book your COVID-19 vaccination in your language with a text message
If you want to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and don’t speak English, send a text message to EVA.
Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) is a simple call-back service that can help you get information and book a COVID-19 vaccination.
Text ‘Hey EVA’ to 0481 611 382.
EVA will then ask you for your:
- preferred language
- preferred date and time to call you back
- best number to call back on.
The operators will call you back in your language and book the best COVID-19 vaccine appointment to suit your needs.
The service operates from 6.30am to 9.30pm (SA time), 7 days a week.
For more information, visit www.health.gov.au/eva
Source: SA Health