Even if you’ve had the virus before, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
As with many viruses, prevention and vaccination are the best ways of stopping COVID-19 from spreading. Here are some simple steps to fight COVID-19.
What you need to know
Vaccinations train your immune system to quickly recognise and get rid of viruses like COVID-19. They also help stop you from getting very sick if you do catch COVID. Boosters add another layer of protection, which can decline over time.
Even if you have had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated. Most people should wait up to 3 months to get their vaccination after they recover.
Practise good hygiene by washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Stay at least 1.5 metres from others (physical distancing) and avoid crowded places where possible, since close contact increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Wear a mask, especially in crowds, confined spaces or on public transport.
Avoid contact with people who are unwell and if you feel unwell yourself, stay at home.
Use the COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help.
Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 at any time if you need advice.