Health authorities increase COVID-19 booster and influenza vaccine push as the number of cases of winter cases increases

Written by Javed Iqbal

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, has issued a new plea to all who have not received either their COVID-19 booster or flu shot to get shocked, saying the “double violation” of both diseases puts a strain on health systems.

Professor Kelly told Sky News that although the intake of a third dose of COVID-19 had been high in older age groups and among people who were more vulnerable to serious illness, there were still around a third of people across Australia, who had not had their booster.

“We actually get good absorption in them [older] age groups, but as a population-based estimate, about 67 percent of eligible people have received their third dose. We will definitely be better than that, he says.

“We now know that when Omicron is circulating, a third dose is really important, and that’s why today I would really urge anyone entitled to a third dose not to hesitate and go and get a third dose.”

Last month, Australia led the world in terms of COVID-19 per capita infections, with Professor Kelly telling Channel Nine that the number of infections of both the virus and the flu was a clear sign that “winter is definitely with us” .

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