COVID

More information on how to manage and protect yourself from COVID can be found here

What to do if you have been exposed to COVID 

COVID Vaccination

Vaccination Clinic   

Bendigo Health has ceased operating COVID vaccination clinics.  

Vaccinations continue to be offered at GP Clinics and pharmacies. For a current list of COVID vaccination providers please visit here or the Department of Health website

COVID Vaccination Eligibility

ATAGI has updated its recommendations for a winter (4th) dose of COVID vaccine. The updated recommendations are:

  • Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter (4th) booster dose of a COVID vaccine.
  • Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter (4th) booster dose of a COVID vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
  • The interval recommended between a recent COVID infection or the first booster (3rd) dose and a winter booster (4th) dose is now 3 months.

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.

COVID Testing

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 have symptoms of COVID infection, no matter how mild
  • if you are a household or close contact of someone who has COVID
  • if you are a social contact of someone who has COVID. This includes workplaces and educational facilities
  • before attending a crowded event, social gathering or visiting people at risk of serious illness, for example, when a test is required to attend a hospital or other health care setting. This is because COVID can spread before you have symptoms. You can help protect others by checking you are negative before leaving home
  • as part of a screening program, such as one organised by your employer.

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.

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