COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with serious outcomes for people infected. To date there have been over 250 million cases of COVID-19 and over 5 million deaths across the globe.
On the 15th December, Tasmanian borders will re-open to travellers. This will eventually result in COVID-19 landing on our shores. The easiest way to be prepared for the borders re-opening is to get vaccinated against the virus. Vaccination is proven to reduce the symptoms of COVID-19 and prevent admission to hospital and ICU.
Many people have questions about the vaccines, such as “Are they safe?”, “What are the side effects?”, “Is it safe to have with my other medications?”. These are all perfectly normal questions to have. The vaccines are extremely safe. Most people either have no side effects or mild cold-like symptoms. The vaccines do not interact with other medications.
We encourage everyone, including their families and friends to get vaccinated before the borders re-open. Some people who have already been vaccinated might even be eligible for a booster dose.
To answer any questions you may have, I will be providing a Q&A session at the MHFFTas online Safe Spaces Peer Support session on Wednesday 8th December from 1 to 2pm.
Public Health Services, Tasmania