What is Covid-19?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. Symptoms range from mild flu-like symptoms to pneumonia.
While some people recover easily from the virus, others may get very sick, very quickly. There is evidence that the virus spreads from person to person and as such, it is important to practice good hygiene to help prevent infection.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may include:
- Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- Shortness of breath
Can I have a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as a flu vaccination?
Yes, you can have a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as a flu vaccine. Studies show that co-administration of COVID-19 and flu vaccines is safe and produces a good immune response.
Is there a charge?
No – COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.