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COVID-19

While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have done a deadly job so far in staying safe during the pandemic, we understand that COVID-19 continues to have an impact on the social, cultural and emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families across Queensland.

With the support of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff, we’ve created this dedicated website for families – to provide important, culturally-relevant information and resources to help support children and young people as well as advice on how to keep them safe.

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Frequently asked questions

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It belongs to the same family of illnesses as the common cold. When this illness starts, it may develop in the lungs and start to affect them. In some cases, people may not feel sick at all while others may become very ill, very quickly.

What are the symptoms in children?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that effects the nose, throat and lungs. This will affect parts of your body that affect your breathing. If your child is sick with COVID-19, their symptoms might include:
COVID-19 symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms

What do I do if my child is feeling sick?

If you or someone in your mob are experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus such as high fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath it is important to get tested.

If you are concerned that your child may have COVID-19 and requires medical treatment, please take them to your nearest Emergency Department. For advice on care and testing or if you think you or someone in your mob may have COVID-19 and their symptoms are mild, call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). You can ask to speak with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registered nurse when you call.

Call emergency services on 000 if your child is very sick.

Why is COVID-19 dangerous for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19 because:

  • Living arrangements and social connectedness (particularly where many people are living or gathering in one household), makes transmission more likely.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher levels of pre-existing health conditions (particularly diabetes and respiratory conditions). People with these health conditions, especially those aged over 50, are at risk of more severe COVID-19 outcomes.
  • Increased remoteness makes access to health care more challenging.
  • COVID-19 can spread quickly—it will only take one person coming into the community with the sickness to put the whole community at risk.

Can my child be vaccinated?

From 9 August 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 and over.
If you want to know more about the COVID-19 vaccine and to check if your child is up to date with their immunisations, speak to your doctor at the local health clinic. The doctor will help you make the right decision for you and your family.

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary and free. #MakeThe Choice

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How can I protect my child, community and Elders?

Teach your little ones and family the following to help prevent sickness:

  1. Wash your hands regularly with soap. This means washing hands for at least 20-30 seconds.
  2. Try to keep a safe distance from other (two big steps), avoid shaking hands and sharing water bottles and cups.
  3. Continue to attend your child’s medical appointments and taking their medications.
  4. Eat well, exercise and make sure you are getting enough sleep.
  5. Ensure you and your family are up to date with your immunisations including the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine.

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If you have specific questions about COVID19 and your family, please email COVIDquestions@health.qld.gov.au.

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