we need to prioritise teachers and staff for covid vaccination — and stop closing schools with every lockdown

We need to prioritise teachers and staff for COVID vaccination — and stop closing...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Last Thursday Victoria announced a snap lockdown to last at least seven days starting from 11:59pm last night. As part of the lockdown, schools will close and move to remote learning, and today is a pupil-free...
what’s the ‘indian’ variant responsible for victoria’s outbreak and how effective are vaccines against it?

What’s the ‘Indian’ variant responsible for Victoria’s outbreak and how effective are vaccines against...

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  Picture: Luis Ascui/AAP Victoria’s seven day lockdown, which begins tonight, is an attempt to stop transmission of the quick-spreading COVID-19 B.1.617.1 variant. Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said the reproduction number of the strain was yet to...
it’s time for australia to drop its phased approach to the vaccine rollout

It’s time for Australia to drop its phased approach to the vaccine rollout

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  Picture: Morgan Sette/AAP Australia’s vaccine rollout has attracted significant criticism for its slow pace. Around 13% of Australians have now received at least one vaccine dose, compared to, for example, 56% in the United Kingdom. We’ve heard reports of mass...
covid is surging in unvaccinated taiwan. australia should take heed

COVID is surging in unvaccinated Taiwan. Australia should take heed

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  Picture: Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA/AAP Alarm bells rang internationally last week when Taiwan announced it was moving to its second highest COVID alert level after a recent surge of cases. The country last year recorded zero cases of...
i’m over 50 and hesitant about the astrazeneca covid vaccine. should i wait for pfizer?

I’m over 50 and hesitant about the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. Should I wait for...

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  Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP It’s been well documented that there’s a significant level of vaccine hesitancy in the Australian community at the moment. This appears to be a particular issue among adults over 50 concerning the AstraZeneca...
children, teens and covid vaccines: where is the evidence at, and when will kids in australia be eligible?

Children, teens and COVID vaccines: where is the evidence at, and when will kids...

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  Photo: Shuttlestock Adolescents in North America are beginning to roll up their sleeves for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after it was approved for 12-15-year-olds this month. The Canadian drug and therapeutic regulator Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine...
i’m over 50 and can now get my covid vaccine. can i talk to the gp first? do i need a painkiller? what else do i need to know?

I’m over 50 and can now get my COVID vaccine. Can I talk to...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock People aged 50 and over are now officially eligible to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from selected GPs. Although some practices have had permission to provide the vaccine early if they had excess stock, this marks a...
what is the moderna covid vaccine? does it work, and is it safe?

What is the Moderna COVID vaccine? Does it work, and is it safe?

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  Picture: Kelsey Brunner/AP/AAP Overnight, Boston-based pharmaceutical company Moderna announced a new supply agreement with Australia for 25 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. The deal includes ten million doses against the original strain of the coronavirus...
how to travel safely and comfortably during covid-19

How To Travel Safely And Comfortably During COVID-19

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Before travelling to your favourite destination, you'll need to consider how the spread of COVID-19 may affect your plans. Planning to travel during a pandemic requires a more detailed and cautious approach, but it's...
how do we actually investigate rare covid-19 vaccine side-effects?

How do we actually investigate rare COVID-19 vaccine side-effects?

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Investigations are under way to determine whether the deaths of two people in New South Wales who developed blood clots are linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. We’ve also heard today that 11 Australians have so far developed...