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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.