Bendigo Health has ceased operating COVID vaccination clinics.
COVID Vaccination Eligibility
ATAGI has updated its recommendations for a winter (4th) dose of COVID vaccine. The updated recommendations are:
People previously eligible for a winter booster (4th) dose remain at higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID and should receive a winter booster dose as soon as possible.
Our testing site closed on December 31, 2022.
From January 1, 2023 Bendigo Health will not be distributing RATs. The City of Greater Bendigo will be providing free RATs from their Customer Service Centres in Bendigo and Heathcote and Goldfields Libraries in Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat. For more information call 1300 002 642.
PCR tests can be arranged via your local GP or respiratory clinic.
Rapid Antigen Tests
Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are the preferred means of testing for COVID for most Victorians.
They are quick and accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID.
You should take a rapid antigen test:
If you return a negative rapid antigen test
If you have COVID symptoms and you return a negative rapid antigen test you should stay home until your symptoms go away. Repeat rapid antigen testing over the next several days.
Rapid antigen tests are better able to detect COVID when repeated over successive days but will not detect other respiratory viruses, such as influenza.
If you return a positive rapid antigen test
If you have tested positive for COVID, you should stay at home for at least five days and until you no longer have symptoms. You should also speak to your GP to check if you are eligible for COVID antiviral medicines.
When PCR testing is available
If you have COVID symptoms, you should take a rapid antigen test. PCR tests can be arranged via your local GP or respiratory clinic.