Now is time to fast track booster shots

Tasmanian Labor

With 866 more COVID cases today and a confirmed outbreak at the Mersey Community Hospital it is vital the government do everything they can to keep people safe.

Shadow Health Minister Anita Dow said the Premier should follow the lead of other states and reduce the dose interval for COVID-19 booster shots.

“We know that booster shots are vital to keeping people out of hospital, yet not every Tasmanian is currently eligible,” Ms Dow said.

“Other jurisdictions have reduced the dose interval to three months and today I am calling on the Premier to consider doing the same.

“As COVID continues to spread around Tasmania it is crucial the government takes every precaution to keep Tasmanians safe and keep people out of hospital.

“More boosters in the arms of Tasmanians equals greater protection for individuals, the community and our health system.

“Health workers right across the state are under tremendous pressure managing staffing shortfalls and increased workload and they deserve to be better supported by the government.

“Vaccination is the best protection we have against COVID and it is crucial the government prioritise boosters for vulnerable and at risk Tasmanians.

“They must not only continue to encourage eligible Tasmanians to get their first and second jabs, but ensure people can get their booster shots now.”

Anita Dow MP

Shadow Health Minister

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