To help you stay informed and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a range of resources including posters, fact sheets, videos and story books which are available to download below.
Wearing a face mask can protect you and others around you to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Across Victoria, face masks must still be worn on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in some retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores, indoor markets or when you are not able to physical distance. You must carry a mask at all times.
Whether you use fabric or disposable face masks, the following steps will help you to use face masks safely.
To view, download or print our Face Mask Tip Sheet, click here.
How to use face masks safely:
- Wash your hands before and after you touch your mask
- Never use a damaged or dirty mask
- Make sure your mask does not have holes or a valve
- Make sure your mask covers your mouth, nose and chin and that there's no gaps on the sides
- Do not touch your face or mask while you are wearing it
- Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet while you're wearing it
- Remove your mask by unhooking the ear straps and pulling it away from your face
- Wash reusable fabric face masks in hot, soapy water after each use
- Store reusable fabric masks in sealable bags when you're not using them
- Put your disposable mask straight in the bin after you take it off
Please note that children under 2 years of age should NOT wear a face mask. Masks must be worn by children 12 years and over.
For more information
- Find up to date information about face masks via the DHHS website here.
- For instructions on making your own cloth face mask, click here.
- If you think you may have Coronavirus, call the Coronavirus helpline: 1800 675 398
- If you're finding it tough and need someone to talk to, call Yarning Safe'N'Strong: 1800 959 563
To view, download or print our COVID-19 Information & Prevention poster, click here.
Bookings are now open for children aged 5-11 years to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This will help to further protect individuals, families and community from serious illness and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Vaccinations for children can be made at your local GP, pharmacy, Aboriginal Health Service, or at a family-friendly vaccination center:
- Make an online booking
- Contact VAHS: Fitzroy on (03) 9419 3000 or Epping on (03) 8592 3920
- Call the Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398
- Find a GP, pharmacy or local vaccination hub
Download our COVID-19 Vaccines for Children fact sheet for more information:
As strong leaders of change in our communities, young people are in a great position to talk to others about vaccine hesitancy.
Some people you know may be pro-vaccination overall, but have some hesitations or misunderstandings about the COVID-19 vaccination program. Talking these concerns through non-judgmentally is a great way to empower people we care about to make informed choices.
Download our tip sheet for having these conversations:
VACCA has created two easy-to-understand story books to help children understand why they are getting tested and what will happen during the process. The two stories are for when the test is completed at home or at a testing station or hospital.
We suggest reading the book with the child when:
- You and the child are calm.
- You can let them know that you are reading the story to them to explain what the COVID-19 test is and that it is to keep them healthy.
- You can observe their reaction as you read to check if they understand, it’s ok to pause as you go through the story to talk more about things and provide them a chance to process.
- You can reassure the child that you will be there to look after them while they get the test done.
Click the buttons below to view, download or print the story books.
Young people within our programs at Morwell VACCA created this 'COVID Safe' music clip to spread the message about COVID-19 and help young people stay safe and strong.
The clip, filmed in COVID safe conditions, shows young people coming together virtually and standing strong, proud and safe during COVID-19.
Join in for the chorus:
You better wash your hands,
Take care of your life,
Put a movie on —
We're staying home tonight!
Put a mask on
When you're heading outside.
Do the right thing,
We can all save lives!
VACCA has created a story book to help children understand why people are wearing masks during COVID-19. The story has been designed to be read to children who are curious or scared when it comes to wearing facemasks.
You can let them know that you are reading the story to them to explain why it's important to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19 restrictions.
Click the button below to view or download the story book.
We have developed a Family Violence Fact Sheet to support people to understand what family violence is, what some of the signs are and where to seek support.
To view, download or print it, click here.