Australian COVID-19 booster program update by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly | 7NEWS

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Australia’s peak vaccine advisory board has recommended no changes be made to the country’s COVID-19 booster program despite the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly today confirmed the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation had handed down its advice.

“ATAGI looked at what was the evidence that we had, and I would highlight a couple of the issues they specifically looked at. Recognising that the UK, for example, has gone to a shorter time period, they looked at that specifically, but they really looked at the evidence of why that should occur. And just a quote directly from them, there is no evidence to suggest at the moment that an earlier booster dose of the current COVID-19 vaccines will augment the protection against the Omicron variant” – Professor Kelly.

Health Minister Greg Hunt also announced that $540 million has been set aside to fund additional COVID protection measures across Australia.

“Firstly, there is the extension of pathology measures, as has been planned and signalled previously. Secondly, there is support for our aged care sector. Thirdly, there is the work of the National Incident Centre.”

“Finally, I want to give a brief update, again, the vaccination program has continued. We are now 39.5 million doses, almost. We have reached 92.7 per cent of first doses, and 87.7 per cent of second doses.”

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