Omicron outbreak – latest recommendations

4 January 2022

Positive COVID-19 numbers continue to surge in NSW with health authorities believing most are the result of the Omicron variant outbreak.

NSW Health is encouraging everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over.

Those 18 years and over are eligible for a booster if they had their second dose at least 4 months ago. NSW Health is also recommending that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose.

Rapid antigen testing is recommended as an additional precaution that you can take if you are planning to socialise with large groups of people, particularly indoors, or interacting with people who are elderly or have serious health conditions.

Information on how to use rapid antigen tests is available on the NSW Government website. However, pharmacies and retail outlets have been experiencing severe supply shortages of the rapid antigen testing kits.

According to NSW Health, people are at risk of developing COVID-19 for 14 days after they were last in contact with a COVID-positive person, so it is important to take precautions during this time.

While most people will become positive within the first week after exposure, around a quarter of people exposed to COVID-19 will develop their infection in the following seven days.

If you have had a high-risk interaction with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to exercise caution and avoid high-risk settings and large indoor gatherings for 14 days after you last had contact with them.

For a complete list of the current indoor and outdoor rules and guidelines, including weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies and wearing of facemasks and QR code safety check-ins visit