The Omicron sub-variant of COVID-19 is surging through our communities. As a result, more people are now eligible to have a fourth dose of the vaccine, including people with Down syndrome.
If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, you have an immunity period of only four weeks (reduced from 12 weeks).
Importantly, if someone you live with tests positive, you must self-test five days out of seven days while they are self-isolating for the week.
Testing early, Antiviral medication
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have experienced less than five days of symptoms, you may be eligible for antiviral medication to help reduce your recovery time and risk of severe illness.
The medication is only available for people with increased risk of becoming seriously ill, which includes people with Down syndrome.
Antiviral medication must be started early, which is why it’s important to test as soon as you have symptoms.
Learn more about the antiviral medication at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covid-19-medicines
The Call-to-Test service is available for people with disabilities and their carers. If you have a loved one with a disability that is difficult to test, this could be an option for you. The nurse will visit your home within 72 hours of calling the hotline and you will have the test results within a day or two.
To book this free service, please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
Learn more about the service here.
Free Rapid Antigen tests
If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are a close contact, you should test with a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). RATs are currently free at state-run testing sites or through Disability Liaison Officers.
You can access free RATs if you are a:
- Commonwealth Concession Card holder
- NDIS participant; or
- you receive a TAC benefit.
If you are a NDIS participant or a TAC beneficiary, you need to show your NDIS or TAC number as proof.
Find a state-run testing site near you to pick up your free tests.
If you have an eligible Commonwealth Concession Card you are eligible for up to 10 free RATs over a three month period, with a maximum of five in a month from participating community pharmacies.