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COVID-19 information

Here is the latest news on COVID-19 restrictions with resources and support available in our community.

Rapid antigen tests

Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) are available from Council facilities if you’re 70 years or older, a Concession Card holder, a person with a disability, immunocompromised or their carer.

Find your nearest collection location

COVID-19 testing sites

The Department of Health has a handy tool to help you find COVID-19 testing sites near you.

Find your nearest testing site

Respiratory clinics

If you are unwell with mild respiratory symptoms (such as coughing, runny nose or fever) or other COVID-19 symptoms (such as nausea or vomiting), you can visit a respiratory clinic.

Respiratory clinics are staffed by general practitioners (GPs) and nurses and:

  • provide care for people with COVID-19
  • offer face-to-face assessments, testing and immediate support for people with respiratory illnesses such as influenza, hayfever, COVID-19 and asthma
  • are free for everyone with or without a Medicare card.

Find your nearest respiratory clinic

Latest restrictions

Find the latest COVID-19 restrictions on the Victorian Government website. 

See the latest COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccinations are important to reduce the risks and spread of COVID-19.

There are 4 different vaccines available:

  • If you are aged 12 and over, you can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
  • If you are aged 18 and over, you can also get the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines.

Booster vaccines

People aged over 16 who received their second dose 3 or more months ago can now have a third dose.

These booster shots are important in keeping up your immunity against COVID-19. 

Visit the Department of Health website to find more information on COVID-19 vaccines.

Make an appointment

If you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster vaccine, you can:

Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Being COVID safe

To stop the spread of COVID-19, please remember to:

  • get tested and isolate if you have symptoms
  • regularly wash or sanitise your hands
  • cover coughs and sneezes
  • maintain at least 1.5 metres distance from others
  • carry a face mask with you when leaving home. 

Face masks

You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings, but wearing a face mask is still recommended. 

You are required to carry a face mask with you at all times when leaving home.

View the latest face mask requirements

COVID-Safe gatherings

Consider how you can reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 if you are organising or attending a gathering or event.

The State Government recommends making safer choices, such as:

  • limiting your time indoors
  • reducing the number of people 
  • keeping a record of attendees
  • washing your hands and coughing into your elbow
  • taking extra care around people who are elderly and immunocompromised
  • carrying a face mask with you when leaving home. 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get tested.

If you don’t have symptoms, but you’re going to a gathering or visiting someone vulnerable, consider taking a rapid antigen test.

Visit the Victorian Government website for more information on how to host a gathering safely.

Facilities

All council facilities are open.

Visiting facilities

Check-in using the Services Victoria app and proof of vaccination status are no longer required to attend our facilities.

This is in line with the the current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions.

If you need support

Support is available if you are concerned about COVID-19 or are distressed because you are in quarantine or sick.

You can also access support at the Head to Health website for:

  • links to mental health online and phone support
  • resources and services that can help if you’re experiencing mental health concerns or trying to support someone else.

Information for businesses

Information on restrictions for businesses can also be found on the Department of Health website.

Council's Economic Development Team has a range of resources to support local businesses to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit knoxbiz.com.au for more information. 

For information about the Government's business assistance package, visit Business Victoria or call the business support hotline on 13 2215.

Community impact survey reports

This survey measured the needs and experiences of our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided comprehensive information to guide our recovery efforts. 

The first survey took place in 2020, with a second survey conducted in 2021. 

Council services

Most of our services have returned to normal. 

Bin collections

Bin collections and our hard waste service are continuing as normal.

To reduce the risk to our truck drivers from having to move bins, please put your bins out within easy reach, not behind parked cars or other obstructions.

If in doubt, please put bins on your driveway.

If you have COVID-19, please wait until you are well before placing hard waste items out for collection. 

Aged care services

Services to support older people to remain living independently at home, including meals on wheels, are continuing as normal.

Childcare and kindergarten

Childcare and kindergartens are operating with increased cleaning and precautions in place to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Families will be advised immediately if there is any change to this.

All facilities are cleaned after each session and educators are emphasising good hygiene with children and families.

If your child is unwell please keep them at home.

Maternal and child health

Maternal and Child Health has altered how appointments are conducted to protect you, your family and our nurses. 

View the COVID-19 requirements for maternal child health appointments

Email mch@knox.vic.gov.au to reschedule your appointment or if you have any questions. 

 

Immunisations

Immunisation sessions are going ahead. 

Find out more about Immunisations in Knox.

Syringe disposal service

Our syringe container collection and disposal service is back to normal.

If you have any questions call 9298 8000.

Information in other languages

Information about COVID-19 is available in other languages from the Victorian Government website.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

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