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Dan Andrews says health professionals face ‘huge dilemma’ over a fourth Covid vaccine dose

Dan Andrews laments ‘huge dilemma’ about mandating a fourth shot of Covid vaccine or waiting for a better shot to come soon

  • Daniel Andrews says health professionals face a dilemma over a fourth vaccine
  • ATAGI decides whether a fourth injection should be postponed if a new vaccine emerges
  • Prime Minister has pushed for mandating a fourth dose for health workers

Daniel Andrews says top doctors face a ‘real dilemma’ over delaying a fourth Covid vaccine dose for health professionals and the general public.

The Victorian Prime Minister has pushed for a fourth injection to be made mandatory for health workers to reduce the potential spread of Omicron in the sector.

But the Australian immunization panel of experts may be delaying their recommendation to give citizens a fourth dose until a new vaccine targeting Omicron subvariants becomes available.

Daniel Andrews (left) says Australian vaccine advisory faces 'real dilemma' over delaying fourth Covid vaccine dose in hopes a new vaccine is just around the corner

Daniel Andrews (left) says Australian vaccine advisory faces ‘real dilemma’ over delaying fourth Covid vaccine dose in hopes a new vaccine is just around the corner

Omicron subvariants, such as BA. 4 and BA. 5, are now the dominant variants in Australia.

These new strains have also raised concerns about the increased risk of reinfection.

The Labor leader spoke at a press conference on Sunday about the dire situation now in the hands of health workers.

“There’s a real dilemma right now,” Daniel Andrews said.

“Maybe we go to a fourth dose for our health professionals — something I’ve pushed for, something I’ve talked to the Prime Minister about — or maybe we wait a little longer because there might be an even better vaccine that’s even more effective?”

Professor Allen Cheng, former chairman of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, echoed the same sentiment earlier this week.

“The alternatives are that there may be a better variant of the vaccine and if we wait a few months longer, we can access it in Australia,” he said. The age

ATAGI is currently awaiting clinical data from Moderna on their Omicron-containing bivalent booster.  Pictured: Australian nurse administers a Covid booster injection

ATAGI is currently awaiting clinical data from Moderna on their Omicron-containing bivalent booster. Pictured: Australian nurse administers a Covid booster injection

The vaccine advisory panel is currently awaiting Moderna’s clinical data on their Omicron-containing bivalent booster.

Currently, the ATAGI panel had not updated its recommendation on the fourth Covid booster, which stated that three doses provided sufficient lasting protection for healthy Australians under 65.

A fourth Covid dose is available to anyone over 65, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50 and Australians under 64 who are immunocompromised.

Australians who have had Covid and are eligible for a fourth dose are advised to wait three months after their infection has ended before receiving their next injection.

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