COVID-19 could be very a lot within the information once more with Australia stated to be in its 8th wave. Instances are rising throughout the nation however, in keeping with a brand new report from the Grattan Institute, charges of vaccination have “plunged”, with 2.5 million folks over the age of 65 not up-to-date with their vaccinations firstly of winter 2023.
With the foolish season quick approaching and the chance of extra gatherings, events and occasions, the chance of catching and spreading COVID-19 shouldn’t be ignored.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) recommends a further 2023 dose in case you are an grownup aged 75 years or older and it has been six months or extra since your 2023 COVID-19 booster dose or final confirmed an infection. In case you are aged between 65 to 74 you might be suggested to contemplate a 2023 booster in the event you haven’t already had one; and all adults with underlying threat elements that improve their threat of extreme COVID-19, reminiscent of diabetes, are really helpful to have a 2023 booster – in the event that they haven’t had one but. This may defend you, your family members, and any susceptible folks locally.
You will get vaccinated sooner than the really helpful six-month interval, if thought-about applicable. This may increasingly apply to folks beginning immunosuppressant therapy, earlier than going abroad, or in the event you can’t reschedule vaccination simply (reminiscent of in an outreach or inreach vaccination program).
With the Federal Authorities set to roll out two new COVID-19 vaccines from subsequent week that may provide higher safety for the newest strains of SARS-CoV-2, the timing couldn’t be higher. The 2 new vaccines are referred to as monovalent booster vaccines, which implies they’ve just one goal, and that’s the subvariant of Omicron referred to as XBB.1.5 (generally referred to as Kraken).
Pfizer’s vaccine will likely be out there to eligible folks aged 5 years and older and the Moderna vaccine is out there for these aged 12 years and older. Vaccines stay free for folks from 5 years of age.
Go to your GP, pharmacy or discover your closest clinic right here: healthdirect.gov.au/australian-health-services.