New Australian campaign to encourage take-up of COVID-19 booster

CANBERRA, June 22 (Xinhua) — The Australian government on Wednesday announced a new campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and flu this winter.

Health Minister Mark Butler launched the new information campaign targeting 6 million Australians who have not yet received a third COVID-19 vaccine dose.

He warned that the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations would continue to rise throughout the winter and that booster vaccines were the best way to protect the health system.

“This winter we are at risk of significant transmission of both COVID-19 and flu, and we are already seeing an increasing number of people seeking treatment for respiratory disease from health professionals and hospitals,” Butler said in a statement.

“If you qualify for a COVID-19 booster dose, or haven’t had your annual flu shot, make an appointment today to get vaccinated.”

Australia reported more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 60 deaths on Wednesday.

It brings the Australian death toll from a pandemic to more than 9,500, with more than 7,000 in 2022.

According to the Department of Health, 3,022 cases of COVID-19 were treated in Australian hospitals on Wednesday, including 103 in intensive care units.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of 7,883,197 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia. There are about 213,093 active cases nationwide.

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