“This will help provide additional protection from severe disease against the emerging surge of Omicron subvariant infections and reduce the burden on Australian hospitals and the health care system in coming months,” the statement reads.
“This includes increased use of masks and increasing the use of antiviral treatment in people diagnosed with COVID-19, including in people aged 50 years and above.”
Health experts recommend fourth dose for eligible Australians
- All adults aged 65 years or older
- Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older
- People who are severely immunocompromised (this will be their fifth dose)
- People aged 16 years or older with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
- People aged 16 years or older with disability, significant or complex health needs, or multiple comorbidities which increase the risk of a poor outcome.
“(ATAGI has) been under pressure for a long time now to go to the fourth shot for everybody,” Dr Moy told ABC radio on Thursday.
“But it will be much less severe in general and have less consequences than that first infection.”
Latest COVID-19 figures across Australia
—Additional reporting by Tom Canetti