Australia: Reduce the interval between the second and third dose of vaccine


The Australian authorities announced today that the interval between the second and third doses of the covid-19 vaccine is being reduced after the record cases.

From January 4, anyone over the age of 18 will be able to receive a booster dose of covid-19 vaccine four months after the second, with the interval reduced to three months at the end of January, said Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.

“These dates are set for precautionary reasons, in order to give Australians ongoing protection in a timely manner,” he told reporters.

Most states in the country have been pressing the federal government to open booths for more people to stem the spread of the coronavirus variant Omicron.

Australia has seen an increase in cases, with 9,100 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, a record number for the second consecutive day.

Although most cases are found in New South Wales and Victoria, the number of infections is rising in Queensland as well as South Australia.

Local media reported that many Australians’ plans to travel for Christmas were thwarted as airlines were forced to cancel or cancel flights as many of their crew became infected with covid-19 or came into contact with a case and were isolated.

Sydney Airport, the country’s busiest, canceled 80 of its 500 domestic flights today, a spokesman said without elaborating.

Australian authorities are working to speed up the release of a booster dose of covid-19 vaccine, as the country has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with more than 90% of Australians over the age of 16 fully immunized.

An increasing number of countries reduce the interval between the second and third dose after the appearance of the Omicron strain. This month, South Korea, Britain and Thailand reduced it to 3 months.

Despite the record number of cases, the Australian authorities hope that there will not be a large increase in hospitalizations due to covid-19, as the new strain seems to cause milder symptoms.

The number of new hospitalizations is growing at a steady rate, but remains much lower than that recorded at the peak of the epidemic caused by the Delta strain.

source: ΑΠΕ

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