The expanded rollout begins Monday and it is estimated that more than seven million Australians will be able to receive their fourth shot, in line with a staggering increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in recent weeks.
According to experts, this is why and what can be done at an individual and community level to contain the new wave and minimize serious illness and death across the country.
‘Transmission is king’
“Transmission is king,” she told australiabusinessblog News.
“The way it’s designed itself to evade immunity and to increase its ability to do that as it’s changed has really made it a lot stickier. It’s stuck,” she said.
How did we get here?
“We’re creating an environment for the virus to spread it, we’re less protected, and we have a more contagious subvariant,” she said.
“We need some sort of commotion and need to be very vigilant now.”
How can we maximize vaccine effectiveness?
“The message is ‘take responsibility, make your own choice’,” he told ABC on Friday.
“If we need a mask mandate to have our political leaders wear a mask, then I think we need a mask mandate.”
Will we forever need COVID-19 boosters?
“The best shield of protection is to get updated vaccines and I think boosters will be here forever for COVID, just like we have for flu,” she said.
“To ensure that as few people as possible die, as few people as possible in hospital and as few people as possible are long-term disabled because of COVID, we must continue with relatively exceptional measures for the next two years. years,” said Professor Baxter.
Why can’t people age 30 and under get the fourth dose?
Meanwhile, those between the ages of 30 and 50 are eligible for their fourth COVID-19 shot, but ATAGI said the benefit for Australians in this age group is “less certain”.