Australian state governments are tinkering with how “fully vaccinated” individuals are defined, with booster shot mandates now inching across four states.
“The emergence of Omicron throughout the world and on the east coast is extremely concerning—case numbers are skyrocketing, as is the number of people in hospital,” Premier Mark McGowan told reporters.
New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia have followed suit, introducing targeted booster mandates.
Currently, Pfizer and Moderna boosters have been approved for use by Australian drug regulators.
“As with the initial vaccine mandate, we will ensure school-based staff have sufficient time to obtain their booster, and I encourage everyone to secure an appointment when their booster is due.”
“All of these groups are already covered by existing mandates for those first two vaccinations, and this is a sensible addition for the relatively high-risk nature that these sectors operate when it comes to vaccine protection and, of course, their critical contribution to keeping Victoria operating,” Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters.
Meanwhile, the federal government has remained consistent in its stance that boosters are not mandated.