“Better to wear a mask than a ventilator; better to stay at home than in an ICU.”

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

You should get vaccinated.

Take whatever vaccine is made available to you first, even if you have already had COVID-19. It is important to be vaccinated as soon as possible once it’s your turn and not wait. Approved COVID-19 vaccines provide a high degree of protection against getting seriously ill and dying from the disease, although no vaccine is 100% protective.

After you’re Vaccinated

Even after you’re vaccinated, keep taking precautions.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no “zero risk” when it comes to any kind of gathering – especially events that bring groups of people together. Regardless of the size of the event, you are at risk from COVID-19 whenever you get together with people. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily indoors, especially in poorly ventilated settings.
While a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent serious illness and death, we still don’t know the extent to which it keeps you from being infected and passing the virus on to others. The more we allow the virus to spread, the more opportunity the virus has to change.

If you don’t feel well or show any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.

If you choose to attend a gathering, practice prevention measures, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status:

  • Keep at least a 1 metre distance from others.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with bent elbow or tissues.
  • Clean your hands frequently.

These measures are a good idea to protect yourself and others, even when the event or venue doesn’t require you to practice them.
Doing it all, protects us all.