Protect yourself and loved ones from infectious disease this festive season

Three older people are seated in a warmly lit living room with a traditional decor. On the left, a woman smiles while holding a floral mug, in the center, an older man holds a similar mug with a somewhat somber expression, and on the right, another woman, also with a mug, is smiling gently. They appear to be enjoying a friendly conversation over tea or coffee.

Christmas, summer and the festive season is a time of year many of us spend time with our family and friends. It’s important to protect yourself and loved ones from infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Make sure you know the basics:

  • take care when visiting our older community
  • wash your hands
  • stay home if you’re not well
  • get your recommended vaccinations.

Everyone over 65 years should have a COVID-19 booster this year. This is particulary important if you’re 75 years or older. You are recommended to get an additional COVID-19 vaccine if it has been 6 months since your last dose or confirmed infection.

If you’re not sure of your last COVID-19 infection, it is safe to get another.

People aged between 65 to 74, and those aged 18 to 64 with severe immunocompromise, should consider an additional dose after they have talked to their health care provider.

All COVID-19 vaccines are anticipated to provide benefits to eligible people. However, the monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are preferred over other vaccines for eligible people.

Read more information about COVID-19 vaccination or find a vaccine clinic near you.

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Every Australian should feel confident about accessing high quality and safe aged care, when and where they need it.

The changes mean Older people will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

To find out more and help design the changes, visit the Get Involved page or call 1800 318 209.

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The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.