Officials revealed that Australians are so ‘beyond’ the Covid epidemic that they aren’t bothering to get their booster doses.
As of Monday, only one in every three eligible Australians had received their booster dose, and high immunisation rates may be calming people down.
Australia had finally reached 95 percent immunisation, but the booster rate was significantly behind, according to Covid vaccine commander Lieutenant-General John Frewen.
Sixty-seven per cent have had the third dose. And I think there’s a whole range of reasons why I think people are not coming forward as quickly as they did for the first two doses,’ he told Seven News.
‘Some people have had Covid. Some people are just a bit over the whole Covid thing.
‘What we know, from the medical advice, is the booster will reduce the severity of Covid if you get it and it will help avoid the effects of long Covid.
‘So it’s really important. It’s never been easier to get the vaccines than now.’
Despite the fact that only a small percentage of Australians have received their booster shot, millions will soon be able to receive a fourth Covid vaccination dose.
Over 65s, indigenous Australians beyond 50, those in disability care, and those who are immunocompromised over the age of 16 should get a second booster, according to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.
The doses will begin to be distributed to those groups on April 4 at pharmacies, general practitioners’ offices, and immunisation clinics.
According to the ATAGI, the second booster should be administered between four and six months following the first booster.
If a Covid infection occurred after a person received their first booster, the fourth dose might be given four months later, according to ATAGI.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be recommended for booster doses, but non-mRNA vaccinations like AstraZeneca and Novavax will be suggested for a fourth shot if consumers prefer that alternative.
The recommendation was made ahead of a winter that is predicted to see an increase in Covid cases as well as flu infections.