Throughout the pandemic, be it the closing of the borders with China or the closing of the international borders, we have followed medical advice.
But that medical advice evolves into the biggest pandemic in 100 years. And what we’ve done here, again, is active, cautious and conservative in Australia.
If you think that in the UK, the age range for AstraZeneca is over 40 years old.
In South Korea, over 30 years old and in Germany, over 18 years old. So very cautious and conservative here, but that advice now takes into account the fact that we have practically zero cases.
Not every day, obviously as we see at the moment, but at global levels, almost negligible numbers of cases and for that reason, they have said, be absolutely cautious, they recommend more than 60, be absolutely cautious, they recommend more than 64 AstraZeneca and now, by 50-59 Pfizer.
But equally, the risk of a second dose is absolutely minimal, it is very different from that first dose, 50-59 and the risk of not being fully vaccinated is much higher and people should feel safe to come forward and receive medical advice. From the same people who set the cautious and conservative age range and say, “Go ahead for the second dose.”
What is the medical director Paul kelly has said, former medical director Brendan Murphy said. And these other things that kept Australia safe.
It’s a tough decision and I understand it but it’s important to … keep getting vaccinated. We have already surpassed a quarter of all adult Australians who have been vaccinated, and I thank you and urge you to keep moving forward.