26 May 2022

New COVID-19 infections steady; more Canberrans eligible for fourth dose; Mount Stromlo students go remote

| Lottie Twyford
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Mount Stromlo High

Year 9 and 10 students at Stromlo High School will spend a week learning from home due to teacher shortages exacerbated by the pandemic. Photo: File.

Students at another ACT public school will move to a period of temporary remote learning as teacher shortages continue to affect school operations across the Territory.

Year 9 and 10 students at Stromlo High School will learn from home from today until next Wednesday (1 June) before returning to campus on Thursday (2 June).

These students join their peers in Years 9 and 10 at Caroline Chisholm School, Years 7 and 8 at Namadgi School and Years 5 and 6 at Gowrie Primary School in learning remotely.

Empty COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine vials

Around 1. 5 million Australians can now get their winter booster doses. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

At the same time, people with medical conditions or disabilities that put them at greater risk of severe COVID-19 are now eligible for a fourth vaccine dose following new advice from health authorities.

The change in advice means about 1.5 million Australians aged 16 to 64 will now be eligible for a fourth ‘winter’ dose, interim Federal Health Minister Katy Gallagher announced yesterday.

However, the country’s vaccine advisory body ATAGI did not extend its offering of fourth doses to people who are not at risk of severe disease. Pregnant women and healthcare workers will not be eligible for a fourth dose.

Anyone who has recently had COVID-19 is now asked to delay their winter booster for three months after infection.

ACT Health says anyone who thinks they are now eligible for a winter dose should speak to their GP or health provider.

COVID-19 vaccine doses can be provided at the same time as a flu jab.

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Today’s 911 new COVID-19 cases (570 PCR and 341 RAT) brings the total number of active infections in the Territory to 4888 (2648 PCR and 2240 RAT).

A total of 128,440 (78,559 PCR and 49,881 RAT) COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020.

There are now 85 people hospitalised with the virus and one person is in ICU requiring ventilation.

There has been a slow and steady decline in hospitalisations from Sunday’s record high of 92. Yesterday, 88 people were hospitalised with COVID-19.

The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 97.2 per cent and 76.4 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have now received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 67.8 per cent have received two doses of vaccine.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 30 deaths overnight and 10,926 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1204 people in hospital with the virus and 38 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported 19 deaths overnight and 12,421 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 559 people hospitalised with the virus, while 34 patients are in the state’s intensive care units.

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