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COVID FAQs

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

The initial symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are often very similar. They can both cause fever and similar respiratory symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. See below for a comparative guide. While these are similar, it has been found the COVID-19 has resulted in more severe and critical cases than the flu.

Both viruses are transmitted the same way, by sneezing or coughing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objectives that are contaminated by the virus. Therefore, it is important that you follow good hand hygiene, good respiratory etiquette and good household cleaning behaviours.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to those of a cold or flu. They include:

  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

Some patients may have very mild symptoms and, as such, may not associate their symptoms with COVID-19.

How long does the infection last?

The infection period varies between people and can be dependent on their previous health status. Mild symptoms in an otherwise healthy person may only last a few days whereas for an individual with existing health issues such as a respiratory condition, recovery could take weeks. Severe cases can be fatal.

How is it spread?

COVID-19 is most likely spread from person to person contact. This includes:

  • Direct close contact with a person who is infectious, or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • Close contact with a person who has a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes
  • Touching objects or surfaces such as door handles or tables, that are contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with COVID-19, and then touching your mouth or face.

Who is most at risk?

In Australia, those most at risk of catching COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Those most at risk of a serious infection from COVID-19 are:

  • People with compromised immune systems, such as people with cancer
  • The elderly
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

People with chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • People in group residential settings.
  • People in detention facilities.

Should I get a flu vaccine?

Having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time can make you very ill. It is therefore important to reduce risk of the flu, which can be done by receiving a flu vaccination. There are available from your local pharmacist with vaccines arriving into pharmacies. Visit your pharmacy to make an appointment or book online now.

What is social distancing and how does it help?

Social distancing can help slow the spread of infectious diseases and is particularly important to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. While practicing social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare, social distancing includes:

  • Staying at home if you are unwell
  • Avoiding large public gatherings and crowds if they are non-essential
  • Avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
  • Attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people where possible, for example when you are out and about in public place.
  • Avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
  • Avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

The initial symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are often very similar. They both cause fever and similar respiratory symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. See below for a comparative guide. While these are similar, it has been found the COVID-19 has resulted in more severe and critical cases than the flu.

The speed of transmission also differs between COVID-19 and the flu. The flu has a shorter incubation period (the time from infection to appearance of symptoms) of 2 days. Whereas COVID-19 has a longer incubation period, currently estimated to be between 2-14 days to develop symptoms according to the CDC. This means that the flu can spread faster the COVID-19.

Both viruses are transmitted the same way, by sneezing or coughing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objectives that are contaminated by the virus. Therefore, it is important that you follow good hand hygiene, good respiratory etiquette and good household cleaning behaviours.

Vaccination FAQs

Which COVID-19 vaccine are you providing at your Pharmacies?

The participating WholeLife pharmacies administer a variety of COVID-19 vaccines and you can view availability by selecting your local store from the list above. If you have questions relating to your suitability for this vaccine, please consult with your doctor.

How did the vaccine get created and approved so quickly?

Researchers and government departments like Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration have been dedicated to developing and rigorously testing COVID-19 vaccines without compromising safety and effectiveness. This global collaboration has meant the COVID-19 vaccines could move through all the regular stages of vaccine development and implementation simultaneously rather than one after another. [vii]

Is the vaccine safe?

The most commonly reported side effects from COVID-19 vaccines are headache, aches and pains, fever, and tenderness at the site of injection. These side effects are typical of many vaccines, and usually last only a day or two. Investigation is continuing into rare but serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.[viii]

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s safety monitoring team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and scientists are closely monitoring any reported side effects from the vaccine to investigate any safety issues.

Up-to-date information regarding vaccine safety and vaccine recommendations can be found here and here.

Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you have concerns about side-effects of COVID-19 vaccines or which vaccine is most appropriate for you.

Can I have the COVID vaccine if I have a health condition?

For most people with existing health conditions, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is still recommended – see here for further information. Speak with your doctor to find out what’s right for you.

If I have the vaccine, will it stop me from ever getting COVID?

The COVID-19 vaccine may not stop you from ever getting COVID-19, but the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novavax and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be effective at possibly reducing the severity of the infection.[xi]

Can my pharmacist administer the vaccine?

WholeLife pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations have completed extensive training regarding vaccinations generally, as well as specific training for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Do I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently free to everyone in Australia.

Where will I receive my vaccination in the pharmacy?

You will receive your vaccine in a safe, private space within the pharmacy.

Booster Vaccinations FAQs

When will I be able to book an appointment for a booster vaccination at WholeLife?

Check appointment availability with your local WholeLife store.

Can my booster shot be a different TGA approved vaccine than my earlier vaccines?

Yes. You can have a COVID-19 booster vaccination 6 or more months after your second dose of any COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of the brand of COVID-19 vaccination you had for your first and second doses – see here for further information.

How does the booster vaccine work together with the other two doses of vaccine to give me optimal protection from COVID-19?

The first dose of your vaccine will stimulate your body to begin to build up an immune response against COVID-19. The second dose will boost your immune response to give you long-term protection. Your booster dose will then give you the most protection possible against COVID-19, for the longest period of time.

iDepartment of Health
https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions_3.pdf

iiThe Royal Women’s Hospital.
https://www.thewomens.org.au/news/update-on-covid-19-from-the-womens-1603

iiiNSW Government.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#1-10

ivDepartment of Health
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#getting-tested

vMeredith Health Group.
https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/flatten-the-curve-meaning

viNSW Government
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#1-10

viihttps://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-were-covid-19-vaccines-developed-too-quickly-to-be-safe

viiihttps://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-safety-monitoring-and-reporting

ixhttps://www.health.gov.au/news/updated-atagi-advice-on-administering-seasonal-influenza-vaccines-in-2021

xhttps://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-do-people-have-to-receive-two-doses-and-do-they-have-to-be-the-same-type-of-covid-19-vaccine-for-it-to-be-effective and https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-clinical-guidance-on-covid-19-vaccine-in-australia-in-2021

xihttps://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-clinical-guidance-on-covid-19-vaccine-in-australia-in-2021

xiihttps://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-can-covid-19-vaccines-give-you-covid-19

xivhttps://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-your-vaccination/booster-doses

xvhttps://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/atagi-recommendations-on-the-use-of-a-booster-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine

xvihttps://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/10/atagi-recommendations-on-the-use-of-a-booster-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine.pdf