I know it’s been an incredibly frustrating time for many Australians as we continue to face the challenges of Omicron.

We’ve seen rising cases, testing queues, supply chain disruptions and shortages – as we have seen right across the globe.  

Importantly, you can now book a booster dose if it has been four months or longer since your second dose of Covid-19 vaccine. The date you had your second dose of vaccine can be found on your Covid-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement.

If you’re eligible for a booster shot, make an appointment today by visiting www.australia.gov.au 

You can also walk in or book your booster through a Queensland Health vaccination hub here www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au/registerforvaccination/  

I want to thank you everyone who has already gone out and rolled up their sleeve for their booster shot. You are not only protecting yourself, but also helping to keep our community safe. 

I have heard the frustrations of many with regards to the availability of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).

This is a global challenge, however the federal government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is working to overcome global supply chain disruptions to bring millions of RATs to Australia. 

Up to 52 million RATs will be flown into Australia this month from Asia and the United States on IFAM-supported commercial flights. These kits are destined for supermarkets, pharmacies and medical services across the country.

Within the next two weeks concession card holders will be able to access up to 10 free RAT kits over the course of three months (maximum of five in a single month) at community pharmacies.

I note that individual pharmacies will commence participation in the program as supply continues to become available in the coming weeks. 

Free RAT kits are also available at a number of Queensland Health testing clinics for those who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • are in home quarantine – because someone in your household had Covid-19 or you’ve recently arrived from overseas – and need a negative Covid-19 test to leave quarantine
  • have symptoms and cannot get a PCR test at a testing clinic.

Covid is an evolving challenge, but time and time again Australia and our community has adapted and overcome every hurdle – and we will do this again.

Should you or your family have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office on [email protected] or 07 3807 6340.

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