Australia to offer 4th Covid vaccine dose to most vulnerable ahead of winter

Sydney, Australia, March 25 (EFE).- The Australian government announced Friday that it will offer a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to vulnerable groups ahead of winter and to prevent the impact of new outbreaks.

The decision was recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI).

The second booster, which can be given alongside the flu shot rollout from Apr. 4, should be given at least four months after receiving the first booster dose or four months after Covid-19 infection, the statement said.

The measure includes those aged over 65, indigenous Australians over the age of 50, immuno-compromised people and residents of aged care or disability care facilities.

With 95 percent of the population double vaccinated, Australia reported more than 45,500 new infections Friday and 20 deaths, according to preliminary data.

It has accumulated more than 4.1 million infections, including 5,844 deaths since the start of the pandemic. EFE


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