5 September 2022

Territory's active cases continue to drop; vaccines now available to at-risk young children

| Lottie Twyford
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Nurse preparing COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine

At-risk children aged between six months and under five years are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The number of new infections in the Territory has plummeted once again. Health is reporting 124 new cases (60 PCR and 64 RAT) in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Active infections have now declined to 1027.

Locally, a total of 203,320 cases have been reported since March 2020.

Hospitalisations remain steady. There are 93 people in hospital with the virus, with one in the ICU requiring ventilation.

Yesterday, there were 92 people in the hospital and one person in the ICU requiring ventilation.

COVID-19 vaccination data is reported weekly on Fridays.

Malkara School has sent three classes of students home to learn remotely until Thursday (8 September).

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Children aged six months to under five years who are severely immunocompromised, have a disability or have complex and/or multiple health conditions are now able to receive the Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine.

Two doses administered eight weeks apart will be required for most children. Those who are severely immunocompromised will need three doses given eight weeks apart.

Parents and guardians can book their child into the Weston Creek clinic by calling the ACT COVID-19 booking line on 5124 3999 between 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

The government says this clinic has appropriate facilities to make appointments comfortable for babies and children, including separate vaccination rooms, dimmable lighting and an accessible entry point.

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Some GPs are also administering the vaccine to this cohort. Bookings at participating GPs can be made using the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said last week that around 1300 children in the Territory would be eligible for this vaccine.

“These children are at a higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, so getting them vaccinated is an important protection,” she said.

“We encourage any parent or guardian with concerns about the vaccine or questions about eligibility to contact their GP or another health specialist for further advice.”

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Interstate, NSW has reported two deaths overnight and 2341 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1706 people in hospital with the virus and 46 patients in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has recorded four deaths overnight and 1709 cases of COVID-19.

There are 266 people hospitalised with the virus and 15 patients in the state’s intensive care units.

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How long before they declare the health emergency over and they handback all the special powers?

Never…..part of the plan..
But hey,most “variants” have less than 0.3% difference between the original virus, and hence are basically the same.
PS – the “vaccines” are actually in effect experimental gene therapy drugs administered under coercion ( and remember what appeared to all but threats the pollies made about life being “tough” if you didn’t “bend over” and take the vax?)

We will never forget…..

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