Increases in Covid-19 Cases in Central Queensland
As many of you have probably seen there has been a rapid rise in the positive Covid-19 cases both in Australia generally but also in the Central Queensland area. This includes an increase in cases in both primary and high schools.
The premier has strongly encouraged students and school staff who are unable to socially distance to consider wearing a mask to help slow the spread of both covid-19 and Influenza virus. The recommendation's been introduced because the peak of the newest COVID-19 wave is still some weeks away and hospitalisations are nearing record levels already. The newest wave of Covid -19 infections are expected to peak throughout August and into September, mimicking our usual influenza peak times.
Queensland students 'strongly encouraged' to wear masks in school as COVID-19 numbers rise
The current recommendations for Vaccinations are:
- All Queenslanders aged 16 and over who have had 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses more than 3 months ago should get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose (first booster).
- People aged 50 and over, and those at greater risk of severe illness, are recommended to have a fourth dose, from 3 months after the first booster dose.
- People aged 30 to 49 can also get a fourth dose (second booster) if they choose.
- Even if you’ve had COVID-19, you should still get your boosters after an interval of 3 months.
- Children aged 5 to 15 should get 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Boosters are not currently recommended for this age group unless they are immunocompromised.
As always if you have any health-related questions or concerns please contact me for a chat.
If you have any general health questions/concerns for your child please contact the SBYHN for a chat on 49714336.
Yours in Health
(School Based Youth Health Nurse)