Health authorities ramp up COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine push as winter case numbers rise

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, has issued a fresh plea to anyone who has not had either their COVID-19 booster or the flu shot to get the jabs, saying the “double whammy” of both illnesses is putting a strain on health systems .

Professor Kelly told Sky News that, while the take up of a third COVID-19 dose had been high in older age groups and among people who were more vulnerable to severe disease, there was still around a third of people across Australia who had not had their booster.

“We’re actually getting good uptake in those [older] age groups but, as a population-wide estimate, it’s about 67 percent of people who are eligible to have had their third dose. We certainly want to be better than that,” he said.

“We now know that, with Omicron circulating, that a third dose is really important and so I’d really encourage, today, anyone who is eligible for a third dose to not hesitate and go and get a third dose.”

Last month, Australia led the world in per-capita COVID-19 infections, with Professor Kelly telling Channel Nine the rate of infections of both the virus and the flu was a clear sign that “winter is definitely with us”.

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