Concerns of the virus making its way to the Territory continue to grow for Katherine residents following the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria and influx of travelers to the state.
For the Territory to remain safe, Katherine MLA, Jo Hersey said people need to get vaccinated.
"The more people who are vaccinated, the better off we will be and the freer we are to move around without the fear of flight cancellations and hotspot shutdowns," Ms Hersey said.
"Many Territorians have family interstate. To make this travel easier and hopefully alleviate the need for further lockdowns, vaccinations are essential."
Although she is yet to receive her COVID-19 vaccination due to a recent injury, Hersey said her office are in support of all Territorians aged 16 and above getting vaccinated.
"My Electorate Officer has been vaccinated, and it is encouraged that from June 8, all Territorians aged 16 and above will be eligible to receive the vaccine right across the NT," she said.
The Northern Territory is the first jurisdiction in Australia to allow all residents aged 16 years and over to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine has been available to all other Territorians 16 years and over since mid-May due to the high percentage of vulnerable Indigenous people, with Darwin joining on June 8.
The Katherine clinic is located at the Training Centre, 19 Second Street, Katherine.
Parking is via O'Shea Terrace.
New measures implemented
The Chief Health Officer requires anyone who enters to the Northern Territory that has left quarantine in another state or Territory, to get a COVID-19 test on Day 17 after their quarantine period commenced.
This is one of the measures included in the updated CHO Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, which came into effect on June 5, 2021 at 12:01am.
As part of these extra protections, a person must now also declare on their NT Border Entry Form if they have been in quarantine in another jurisdiction in the 28 days prior to entering the Territory.
In addition to this, anyone entering the Northern Territory must get a COVID-19 test if required to, at any time during the 28 days after entry. Refusal to test will result in quarantine for 10 days, or for those people already in quarantine a 10-day extension of their quarantine period.
Quarantine directions for NSW travelers
The CHO is directing any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since May 23, 2021, or who will arrive in the Northern Territory and has been to a NSW COVID-19 case location at the dates and times specified to:
- Any person defined as a 'close contact' by NSW health authorities must immediately get tested and undertake 14 days of quarantine in their home or at a suitable place. They must remain in quarantine (unless to get tested) until noon of the 14th day after they were in a NSW COVID-19 case location, regardless of whether they return a negative COVID-19 test.
- Any person identified as a 'casual contact' by NSW health authorities must isolate, get a COVID-19 test and remain in self-quarantine until a negative is returned.
- Any person who has arrived, or who will arrive in the Northern Territory and has been in New South Wales since 23 May 2021 must check the NSW Health COVID-19 case locations website at least once per day and comply with these directions if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 case location.
New South Wales COVID-19 case locations can be found here.
Follow health regulations
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel.
- Make sure you get tested and stay at home, maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.
- Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
- Do not go to work if you feel sick.
- If you have symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484
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