Stay informed with the latest updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) at DHHS.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program
The Commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination program is currently available to people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b. Phase 1a continues to be a priority.
GPs are now able to provide COVID-19 Vaccines, however, you must be in either the Phase 1a and Phase 1b priority groups.
If you want to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccination, it’s a good idea to check your eligibility here https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
There are limited appointments currently available for COVID-19 vaccines through GPs. More appointments will become available over the coming months as more doses are available and more locations start to provide vaccines.
People can be reassured that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to everyone who wants to receive one. We are encouraging people to be patient if there are not currently appointments available through their preferred provider.
Call your local GP to find out if they are offering vaccinations.
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NCN Health Visitor Restrictions
Patients and residents will be able to receive 2 visitors at a time, not limited to one household, during visiting hours. Children under 18 years old are allowed to accompany their parents or another adult and are in addition to the allowed two visitors. For example, if you and one sibling are visiting a parent in aged care, each of you could bring any children under the age of 18 with you.
All visitors will be risk assessed upon entry and will not be able to visit if they;
- are a primary or secondary close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case,
- have worked or volunteered in hotel quarantine and/or any other port of entry in the last 14 days,
- have been released from hotel quarantine in the last 14 days,
- have symptoms of acute respiratory infection (sore throat, cough, fatigue or tiredness, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, breathlessness, fever or chills)
- have a temperature over 37.5 degrees
If you have any concerns or questions around visiting, we are here to help.
Weekdays 8.00am – 4.30pm
Weekends 12pm – 4.00pm
Weekdays 8.00am – 4.30pm
Weekends 10.00am – 1.00pm
7 days per week – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Please note, there are some visitors who are permitted to attend outside these hours with prior arrangement. If you are unsure, or need more information please contact us.
Visitors will still need to adhere to physical distancing and density limits in communal spaces such as, dining rooms and lounge rooms, with one person every 4 square metres.
Residents can also now leave their care facility for any reason, provided they comply with current restrictions applicable to all Victorians. There are no longer any age limits on visitors. A reminder that all visitors over the age of 12 must wear a mask unless an exemption is in place.
All other visitor restrictions are to remain, visitors must;
- Wear a mask if they are 12 years or older
- Sanitise their hands
- Be screened upon entry into the health service
Where can you get a test for COVID-19?
NCN Health is encouraging all community members who have very mild, flu like symptoms to get tested for COVID-19 at one of the 4 hospitals within the Moira Shire.
The four hospitals in the Moira Shire are working to find and treat any cases of COVID-19 that could lead to community transmission or outbreak. Testing will be available to people who are showing symptoms, however mild, of COVID-19 including; fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or fatigue or tiredness for no identified reason.
The test is free, takes around five minutes and involves a swab from the back of your throat and nose. You need to bring at least one form of identification, such as your Medicare card, and you should return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result.
If you feel unwell, with symptoms of COVID-19, you can now access testing at the following times and locations;
Monday to Friday, by appointment; 9am – 10am
P: (03) 5862 0560
Monday to Friday, By appointment
P: (03) 5871 0777
By appointment only
P: (03) 5866 9444
7 days, by appointment
P: (03) 5743 8132
All patients being tested for COVID-19 should home isolate until test results are available. All patients should attend an emergency department if clinical deterioration occurs.
Please consult your GP or call the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 if you have further questions.