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Butler on lookout for ways to urgently increase aged care winter booster rate

Health Minister Mark Butler has sought urgent advice on ways to boost the uptake of fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in aged-care facilities amid a rising number of deaths in the sector.

Nationwide winter COVID-19 booster rollout begins today

While more than 30 per cent of eligible Australians are yet to have their third COVID-19 shot, the elderly and vulnerable will from today begin receiving a second booster ahead of a predicted winter infection surge.

Fourth dose roll-out begins as Operation COVID Shield swings into action

Australians aged over 60, Indigenous Australians aged over 50, those in aged and disability care residences, and people who are immunocompromised will be among the groups able to receive their fourth dose as part of the federal health department’s Operation COVID Shield.

ATAGI announces guidelines on winter booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is recommending an additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase vaccine protection before winter for selected population groups who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and who have received their primary vaccination and first booster dose.

Residents and families concerned aged care facilities not geared to deliver booster shots

While the Federal Government says it is “critical” that every resident is offered the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 booster dose, on the ground, families and residents claim facilities are not equipped to take responsibility for the third dose's delivery. BIANCA ROBERTS explains

COVID boosters to be required for aged care workers nationwide

Booster COVID-19 doses will be mandatory for aged care workers across the country under new vaccine advice. Boosters are recommended three months after a second vaccine.

Queensland records deadliest day of pandemic, aged care facilities hardest hit

Queensland has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 toll of the pandemic, with 24 people dead, including 16 aged care residents.

Qld aged care deaths revealing boosters lag, laments deputy premier

Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles has called out PM Scott Morrison for not ensuring the aged care sector had received third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. "There is no explanation for why so many people in aged care are double vaccinated but not boosted when the Prime Minister said they would be," Miles said.

‘Why wait on ATAGI, Minister, change definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ now’ – CHA

Catholic Health Australia is calling on Health Minister Greg Hunt to step up and immediately change Australia’s official definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ from two doses to three.

Just 66 per cent of aged care residents have received COVID-19 booster

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck yesterday told a parliamentary committee that while 89 per cent of aged care residents have had two vaccine doses, at present only 66 per cent have had their third, or booster, dose.

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