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Warning that Australians could need FIVE double doses of the Covid vaccine to be considered fully jabbed

    • Australians could need up to five doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be fully jabbed 
    • Immunocomprimised patients already recommended to receive four doses
    • ATAGI says it’s monitoring international data from countries requiring four jabs
    • Almost 60 per cent of eligible Australians have had three doses of the vaccine

    By Alex Mitchell For Australian Associated Press

    Published: 06:57 AEDT, 17 February 2022 | Updated: 09:25 AEDT, 17 February 2022

    The immunisation regulator cannot rule out four or even five doses of COVID-19 vaccine being mandated for Australians to be considered ‘up to date’ in their protection against the virus.

    Appearing before a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) chairman Nigel Crawford said his organisation would continue to monitor data from countries already administering  their fourth doses.

    Health Minister Greg Hunt announced last week three doses are now required to be considered up to date, while Professor Crawford told the hearing some immunocompromised patients are already recommended four.

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