Covid-19 vaccineHealthdirect is the leading agency for COVID-19 information in Australia. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nirvana Luckraj is available to provide information on what Australians can do to protect themselves during the festivities. 

Dr Luckraj says the virus still needs to be taken seriously, particularly as sub-variant Omicron BA.2 is currently spreading in the community.
“It’s still important to keep practising the lessons we’ve learnt over the last two years to help us come through the holidays in good health,” Dr Luckraj said. 
Some essential tips include:
  • Ensure you’re up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots 
  • Take precautionary rapid antigen test before attending gatherings to detect any potential infection
  • Spend time outdoors in gatherings
  • Avoid sharing plates, glasses or cutlery
  • Keep hand sanitiser handy 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell
“We know that during the holidays, it’s easy to become complacent and to fall back into old habits. We must remember that COVID-19 is highly transmissible and taking those essential precautions around those we love is an easy way to help avoid the spread of the virus,” she added. 
The Easter school holidays are also a time when many people are planning to travel for the first time in two years, both locally and overseas. Air travel is a particular concern for many, and Dr Luckraj relays some practical advice on how to minimise the risk of infection as we return to opening up.
“Travelling while COVID-19 is still present in the community presents some extra challenges,” Dr Luckraj said.
Travellers should take precautions to minimise the risk of infection, including: 
  • Get vaccinated (and receive your booster shots)
  • Wear a mask throughout crowded areas
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean your hands often
While on the go, Dr Luckraj also recommends keeping handy the Healthdirect mobile app that includes a symptom checker and advice for managing COVID-19 or finding a health service next to you. 
Edited by: Stephen Morton