It comes as the national campaign’s spruiking booster shot starts today.
A third coronavirus shot is recommended six months after receiving the second to combat declining immunity.
“Booster shots are very important,” Health Secretary Greg Hunt said today.
“They boost and add protection, especially for immunocompromised but all Australians.
“I myself have an appointment in a little over a week.”
To date, 390,000 Australians have lined up for a third COVID-19 vaccine out of 520,000 qualified.
Health Secretary Greg Hunt said it is “well ahead of our best expectations”.
“Australians are now world champions in rolling up their sleeves,” he said.
However, experts in infectious diseases have said that healthy people do not need to “hurry up”.
“Winter is our next big risk and we will be in a good position to give a boost, or a third shot, to those who need it before our next big risk.”
To date, 86.0 per cent of Australians aged 16 and over have been double-vaccinated.
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