The 4th COVID-19 Vaccine Shot.
The Australian Government has advised that anyone aged 30 or over is eligible for a 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, from 11 July 2022.
It had been specifically recommended for people aged 50 and over. 60% of the 65 and over age group have already had this 4th dose.
People aged 30 to 49 are also now able to have the fourth dose, if they want to feel safer.
Those over 65 are classed at the highest risk of severe disease, hospitalisations and death from COVID-19.
7 July 2022
Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) News Release.
The updated recommendations are:
Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
The interval recommended between a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection or the first booster dose and a winter booster dose is now 3 months.
This advice may change if, and as, new COVID-19 vaccines or SARS-CoV-2 variants emerge or disease epidemiology changes.
ATAGI will continue to regularly review the role of winter and all doses in the COVID-19 vaccination program.
Covid-19 cases in Hospital June-July 2022.
There were about 2,800 COVID-19 cases in hospital at the start of June 2022.
There were about 3,200 COVID-19 cases in hospital at the start of July 2022.
There were about 3,800 COVID-19 cases in hospital at the 7th of July 2022.
That is a 35% increase in just 5 weeks.