17 January 2022

Woman dies in Canberra Hospital, 1601 new cases as school staff to get COVID booster priority

| Ian Bushnell
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Nurse preparing COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine

ACT teachers, education staff, early childhood education and care workers will be given first access to a booster shot at the reopened Canberra Airport vaccination clinic next week. Photo: File.

A woman aged in her 50s has died with COVID-19 in the Canberra Hospital as the ACT’s new case numbers surged to 1601 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

Today’s death follows two yesterday and brings the total number of people to have died in the ACT from COVID-19 to 19.

The new cases were based on 878 PCR and 723 Rapid Antigen Tests, bringing the total number of active cases to 3205, down from 3257 the day before.

The number of patients in ACT hospitals has also jumped, from 41 to 52, including four in intensive care and two being ventilated.

The number of ACT residents aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated remain at 98.6 per cent while those aged 18 and over who have received their booster shot is now 30.5 per cent.

Nearly 27 per cent of children aged 5 to 11 have received one dose of vaccine.

ACT teachers, education staff, early childhood education and care workers will be given priority to receive a booster shot at the Canberra Airport vaccination clinic when it reopens on 24 January.

Initially, the clinic will prioritise booster appointments for school-based and early childhood education and care staff working with children who will be invited to book a priority appointment.

People in this priority group will be eligible to receive their booster three months after completing their primary vaccination course.

Education staff eligible for a priority appointment will be contacted directly by the ACT Education Directorate or their employer with details on how to book their appointment.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said there had been a strong early take-up of vaccination in the 5 to 11 years age group, with around one-quarter of children in this age group having received a vaccine in the first week of the program.

“We are planning for school return for Term 1. All 5 to 11-year-olds in the ACT will have the opportunity to get a first dose before school goes back,” he said.

From next week the general public can also make their booster appointments at the Canberra Airport site online using MyDHR or by contacting the Vaccination Booking Line on 5124 7700 (7 am to 7 pm, daily).

Like the AIS clinic, free public transport to and from the Canberra Airport vaccination clinic will be available. People can catch Transport Canberra bus Route 3 to reach the clinic.

Meanwhile, NSW has recorded a further 29,504 cases and 17 deaths, with 2776 patients in hospital and 203 in ICU.

In Victoria, six people have died and there have been 22,429 new cases. There are 1229 in hospital and 129 in ICU, with 38 ventilated.

Queensland has reported seven deaths and 15,122 new COVID-19 cases.

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Finagen_Freeman7:13 pm 17 Jan 22

Absolutely sad any death, but let’s take a breath and think.

One covid death? We lose more to cancer and roads everyday.

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