Covid-19 Australia: Victoria’s vaccine mandates and restrictions may remain until booster is delivered

Why you might need to get a BOOSTER shot before Victoria lifts her vaccine mandate and Covid restrictions?

  • Vaccine mandates to stay until Victorians get booster Covid-19 vaccine
  • Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said restrictions changes were just weeks away
  • He is also waiting for medical advice on how to immunize children aged five to 11


Victorians may need to receive their Covid-19 booster before vaccine mandates and restrictions are lifted in the state.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews revealed on Thursday that it could take a few weeks before he makes the changes.

He said he was waiting for the latest medical advice on the booster vaccine and immunizing children between the ages of five and 11.

“We’ll have to see what happens with that,” he said.

“That’s not months and months away, that will be in the coming weeks, and then we’ll be in a better and stronger position to maybe make some changes. If we have those changes, if they need to be made, we’ll make them.’

Victorians may need to receive their Covid-19 booster before vaccine mandates and restrictions are lifted in the state

Mr Andrews said he was waiting for the latest medical advice on the booster vaccine and immunizing children between the ages of five and 11

Mr Andrews said he was waiting for the latest medical advice on the booster vaccine and immunizing children between the ages of five and 11

Mr Andrews said he wanted to clarify whether a resident would need a third vaccine to be considered fully immunized – even if they have already had two doses.

Residents are currently advised to get their booster shot six months after receiving their second vaccine.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization is currently reassessing the timetable in light of the Omicron variant.

Immunization expert Margie Danchin of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute argued that vaccine mandates should be scrapped sooner rather than later.

“The continued presence of mandates … creates a society that is very divisive,” Associate Professor Danchin told The age.

“You’re dividing the unvaccinated and the vaccinated, and that undermines trust in government, health care providers, and it breaks relationships in families. It should be much more focused on understanding what the real risk is.’

Andrews has warned that unvaccinated people will not be given the same freedoms as their vaccinated counterparts well into 2023.

The vaccine mandate has sparked tensions in the community, with several protests in recent weeks and shoppers lashing out at store staff.

Mr Andrews said reports of abuse by shop staff while scanning vaccination certificates, including a Dymocks employee being thrown off an escalator, were ‘cowardly and shameful’.

The vaccine mandate has sparked tensions in the community with several protests in recent weeks and shoppers lashing out at store staff (pictured, a man lies unconscious on the escalator after being attacked by a man who refused to check in)

The vaccine mandate has sparked tensions in the community with several protests in recent weeks and shoppers lashing out at store staff (pictured, a man lies unconscious on the escalator after being attacked by a man who refused to check in)

A female employee (right) at the Victoria Secret store, who asked a maskless shopper to check in (bottom left), got a pile of clothes in her face and was then spat on

A female employee (right) at the Victoria Secret store, who asked a maskless shopper to check in (bottom left), got a pile of clothes in her face and was then spat on

“They’re just doing their job. I expect the police to throw the book at anyone who behaves like this,” Andrews said.

Paul Zahra, CEO of the Australian Retailers Association, said incidents of customer aggression had increased dramatically.

A small bar owner in Melbourne was randomly attacked by anti-vaxxer vandals who threatened him with death if he ‘does as Dan Andrews says’.

Symeon Kandias arrived at the Briki cafe for work Monday and found shattered glass on the sidewalk and a brick in the window of his shop in Thornbury in the north of the city.

“Do as Dan Andrews says and we’ll burn down your shop and kill you, motherfucker,” read a note taped to the front door of the Hutton Street store.

Deputy Liberal leader David Southwick has called on the Andrews government to follow in NSW’s footsteps and roll back restrictions on unvaccinated people when the state reaches the 95 percent vaccination milestone.

Symeon Kandias arrived at the Briki cafe for work Monday and found shattered glass on the sidewalk and a brick through the shop window of his shop in Thornbury in the north of the city

Symeon Kandias arrived at the Briki cafe for work Monday and found shattered glass on the sidewalk and a brick through the shop window of his shop in Thornbury in the north of the city

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