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Get COVID-19 vaccine ready

Closeup of COVID-19.

Worldwide, we have surpassed the year mark since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our world. And in this time we have learned how social distancing, wearing a mask and remote working can minimise the spread of COVID-19 and keep us safe.

At the height of COVID-19, Wesley Medical Research launched the COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Centre with the aim of supporting Australians that are critically-ill, those on the frontline, those suffering with pre-existing conditions, and those who are vulnerable to mental health concerns.

Medical research conducted by our researchers has established global collaborations across more than 351 medical centres and 53 countries. This COVID Critical research continues to characterise COVID-19 in real time, providing vital information that saves. Our research also continues to improve our understanding of Long-COVID, the term used to explain the numerous long-term adverse effects experienced by COVID-19 survivors. Importantly, our research is helping one of the most vulnerable of populations – Queenslanders living in rural and remote regions that have been impacted by COVID-19 and experience mental health concerns.  Furthermore, our collaborations have helped answer important questions about the COVID-19 vaccine roll out. Visit the Queensland Government website to find out when you can get vaccinated.

Yes, Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced another three-day lockdown ahead of Easter, so it’s an important reminder to get vaccinated.

Often hard to diagnose, as COVID-19’s symptoms are so similar to the common cold and other flu-like illnesses, testing and contract tracing have shown us how important it is to pay attention to our personal health.

As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms include:

Most common:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes


  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement.

If you have any of these symptoms, no matter how slight, please visit your nearest COVID-19 testing centre and follow the directions of healthcare professionals.

Please stay safe, look out for yourself, your family and your neighbours.

Please visit Queensland Government website for more COVID-19 updates.

If you or your loved ones experience mental health concerns, don’t wait. Seek help now and contact the Lifeline team.

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