People at higher risk of severe COVID-19

There are some groups of people who are at more risk of severe infection from COVID-19. Find information on treatments, testing methods and vaccines available to protect you.

Find out if you're eligible for COVID-19 antiviral medicines

Antivirals can help you get better after you've tested positive to COVID-19. You may be eligible for antivirals if you're at higher risk of severe illness. Speak to your doctor today about whether antivirals are right for you.

Learn more about COVID-19 antivirals.

Groups of people at higher risk

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Resources to help you reduce your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.


If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy, find information on how to keep you and your baby safe.

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COVID-19 resources for people with disability and their carers, including where to find an accessible vaccination clinic.

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Get COVID-19 and flu information to help keep you and your mob safe and healthy.

Other people at higher risk

Some other factors can increase your risk of severe COVID-19. Speak to your doctor if you are a:

  • person with obesity, diabetes, serious cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease (including severe asthma), severe chronic liver or kidney disease, active cancer, or are immunocompromised
  • resident of an aged care or disability care facility
  • person aged 18 years or older and you are unvaccinated.

Find out more on this fact sheet Information for people at higher risk of severe illness (PDF, 103KB).

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More information and help

Take a PCR test if you have symptoms

Early diagnosis using a PCR (nose and throat swab) test means you may be able to access antiviral medicines or other treatments to prevent severe illness.

Read the updated eligibility for oral COVID-19 treatments

Find a testing clinic near you

Support with getting vaccinated

For help with getting a vaccine, SMS 'Hey EVA' to 0481 611 382

Guidelines for visiting vulnerable people 

If you are visiting a high risk setting like healthcare, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities, take steps to ensure you don't spread COVID-19.

Understand what to do when you visit a vulnerable person


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