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COVID - 19 information & resources


Please do not come to Campus for classes if you are not well.  

ACT Health strongly recommends you should stay at home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (including runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever) and get tested for COVID-19. Minimise your contact with others until your symptoms have gone and you are feeling much better.

If you are at home and have any queries about how to access medical appointments or psychology services from the Medical & Counselling Centre, please don’t hesitate to contact the UC Medical & Counselling Centre on  6201 2351.

For up to date information, please refer to the ACT Health COVID website.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.  If you  have any symptoms which could be COVID, or if you have recently been exposed to COVID and has assessed your risk as being Moderate to High it is important to get tested.

Where to get tested?

The ACT Government website has information on where you can have a COVID PCR test.  RAT tests are available from the pharmacies and the UC Medical & Counselling Center (free to UC students and staff)

Medical advice

For up-to-date COVID-19 information please visit the ACT Health website.

If you have tested positive for COVID on a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) you are required to notify ACT Health via their online form.

If you are needing advice about COVID, you can phone the UC Medical & Counselling Centre (between 9 & 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays and the official University shutdown period).on 6201 2351 and ask to speak to one of our registered nurses.

If you need advice after hours or when the Medical & Counselling Centre is closed, please call the UC Medical Centre’s dedicated mobile number on 0409 507 734.

If you have severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath:

  • Call 000 and request an ambulance; and
  • Inform the paramedics that you may have novel coronavirus infection.

Information on how to manage COVID at home

How can we help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet;
  • Avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, shaking hands and other intimate contact);
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Expanded eligibility for fourth doses

People aged 50 and over are recommended to have a fourth dose, while people aged 30 to 49 can receive one if they choose.

ATAGI continues to recommend people at higher risk of severe disease get a fourth dose.

ATAGI has also reduced the interval between your booster and fourth dose to 3 months.

If you’ve had COVID-19, you should get your next dose 3 months after your infection.

Eligible people who haven’t already received their fourth dose are strongly encouraged to have it as soon as they are due.

How many vaccine doses do you need?

People aged:

50+ should receive 4 doses

30 - 49 should receive 3 doses, option of fourth

16 - 29 should receive 3 doses

5 - 15 should receive 2 doses

Some people with severe or complex health needs may need additional doses.

Source:  Australian Government of Health

COVID - 19 vaccines are available at UC Medical & Counselling Centre for all Medicare card holders.  Bookings can be made through HotDoc, (our online booking app), or by calling 6201 2351.

Non-Medicare card holders able to obtain their COVID vaccination from Pharmacies.

For continued protection from severe illness and hospitalisation, it is strongly recommended that everyone over the age of 16 years has three COVID vaccinations – 2 primary doses and a 3rd dose 3 months after the 2nd dose. Protection against hospitalisations remains much higher, up around 90% after a 3rd Pfizer dose.