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.
COVID-19 testing sites
The Department of Health has a handy tool to help you find COVID-19 testing sites near you.
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 the latest COVID-19 restrictions on the Victorian Government website.
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.
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 an appointment online at a Victorian Government vaccination centre
- call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398
- book an appointment online with a local pharmacy or GP.
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.
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.
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.
All council facilities are open.
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.
- View information on COVID-19 support services.
- Learn more about Knox-area mental health and wellbeing services.
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.
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.
Most of our services have returned to normal.