Information about COVID-19

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Free flu vaccinations for Queenslanders

The COVID-19 vaccine won’t protect you against influenza. You need to have your flu vaccine every year to make sure you are fully protected.

Some of the Queensland Health vaccine clinics below are offering both COVID-19 and flu vaccine to eligible people.

Due to declining COVID-19 numbers, high rates of COVID-19 vaccination and the availability of Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs), our COVID-19 services are winding down and our COVID-19 staff are returning back to hospitals and frontline health services.
  • Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 is still required to isolate for a period of 7 days. To end isolation, you must not have a fever, sore throat, runny nose, or a cough that is bad or getting worse, on day 7 of your isolation.

    If you do have any of these symptoms on day 7 of your isolation, you will need to remain in isolation until those symptoms have gone away.

    You do not need another COVID-19 test to end your isolation period. Read more about isolation when you have COVID-19.

    Virtual Ward

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whist COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes.

    Positive cases who are concerned about their health can contact our local COVID-19 Virtual Ward 7 days a week, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Phone 07 4243 4208 to speak directly with a clinician for assessment and or advice.

  • Due to declining COVID-19 numbers, high rates of COVID-19 vaccination and the availability of Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs), as of 17 June 2022, our fever clinics (Portsmith, Atherton, Mossman, Innisfail, Mareeba, Tully hospitals) have ceased operations.

    You can contact your local GP for a referral to one of many private testing laboratories in our region.

    You do not need to get a PCR test if you test positive to a RAT. You must immediately isolate and report your positive test result online or phone 134 COVID (134268).

    COVID-19 testing for the purpose of outgoing international travel clearance is only available at private pathology collection centres and fees apply. Please contact your local Private Pathology Provider.

    Find your nearest local COVID-19 testing centre

    Rapid Antigen Test (RATs)

    You can buy RAT kits in retail shops and pharmacies.

    Schools have RAT kits for children who develop symptoms while at school.

    You can access free RAT kits from community pharmacies if you hold an eligible Commonwealth concession card.

    Leaving isolation

    You do not need a RAT to leave isolation if you tested positive to COVID-19.

    You may leave isolation if you have finished 7 full days of isolation from the COVID-19 test date, and have no fever or acute respiratory symptoms.

    See Queensland Health's Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19 in Queensland page for more information.

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whist COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes.

    Positive cases who are concerned about their health can contact our local COVID-19 Virtual Ward 7 days a week, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Phone 07 4243 4208 to speak directly with a clinician for assessment and or advice.

  • Queensland Health vaccine clinics

    COVID-19 vaccines are safeeffective and free.

    COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a wide range of GPs, pharmacists and community clinics.

    Find your nearest vaccination location

    Atherton Community, Allied and Mental Health

    45 - 56 Jack Street, Atherton

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free to those eligible

    Every Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    To book phone 07 4091 0399

    Innisfail Community Health Centre

    Fitzgerald Esplanade, Innisfail

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free to those eligible

    Every Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    To book phone 07 4016 1456

    Community Health - Mareeba Hospital

    21 Lloyd Street, Mareeba

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free those eligible

    Every Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    To book phone 07 4092 8777

    Mossman Multi-Purpose Health Service

    9 Hospital Street, Mossman

    Offering both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine free to those eligible

    Every Tuesday and Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
    To book phone 0491 212 540


    Mobile vaccination clinics

    The Queensland Health mobile clinic runs vaccination days in our rural and remote areas.

    Free COVID-19 vaccine | Ages 5+ | Pfizer only

    Free Influenza vaccine to those eligible | Ages 6 months & over

    Please note:

    • Dates and time may be subject to change.

    Mission Beach Community Health

    26 Wongaling Beach Road, Mission Beach

    Thursday 18 August 2022
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Walk-in or book on 0429 645 666

    Jumbun Community Health Centre

    Murray Upper Road, Jumbun

    Wednesday 1st September 2022
    12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Walk-in

    Mount Garnet Primary Health Care

    4 Galena St, Mount Garnet

    Wednesday 7th September 2022
    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Thursday 8th September 2022
    8:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Walk-in

    Mossman Elders Justice Group

    Shop 1/29 Front St, Mossman

    Monday 12 September 2022 and Tuesday 13 September 2022
    10.00 am – 2.00 pm
    Walk-in

    Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good

    3 Jensen St, Manoora

    Thursday 15th September 2022
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Walk-in

  • Your safety and that of your family and loved ones is our priority.

    Visitors must wear a mask when visiting hospital.

    Visitor restrictions to our facilities changed on 1 August 2022 due to the surge in COVID cases in our hospitals and the community.

    As part of the management of the current COVID-19 surge in cases, we are restricting visitors to one visitor per patient at a time.

    Exemptions will apply on compassionate grounds on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the Nurse Unit Manager or relevant clinician.

    Anyone who has COVID-19 or is a close contact (7 days) is not permitted to visit a hospital.

    To help protect our patients, anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should not visit hospital and may be directed to leave.

    Emergency Department

    No visitors are permitted in Emergency Departments at this time with the exception of:

    • The patient has a carer
    • The patient is a child
    • The patient is end of life
    • Where there is support from the ED team, a visitor can be present in an exceptional circumstance

    These restrictions are in place to protect you and your loved one. If you are unsure or wish to seek an exemption, please contact the facility before visiting.

    Thank you for your understanding, and helping us keep our patients and staff safe from COVID-19.

  • Important update

    Government-arranged COVID-19 isolation accommodation is no longer available in Cairns, in line with statewide changes.

    With more than 94 per cent of Far North Queenslanders now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the virus being more widespread – we are effectively living with COVID-19 - there is no longer a requirement to manage the isolation of individuals infected with COVID-19 as there once was.

    Thank you to all of our accommodation providers for their hard work, support and assistance throughout the pandemic response. They have played an important role in preventing COVID-19 from spreading in our communities.

    Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 is still required to isolate for a period of 7 days, until they test negative to the virus. Read more about isolation when you have COVID-19.

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whilst COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes. Positive cases who are concerned about their health can contact our local COVID Virtual Ward 7 days 8 am - 4.30 pm. Phone 07 4243 4208 to speak directly with a clinician for assessment and or advice.

    For information about quarantine accommodation located elsewhere in Queensland, visit resources for government-nominated accommodation.

    For more information about visitors entering Queensland from overseas, click here.

Last updated: August 2022