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5 things you need to know about the astrazeneca vaccine now the tga has approved it for use in australia

5 things you need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine now the TGA has...

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 Picture: Olivier Chassignole/AP The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) yesterday announced it has provisionally approved AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for use in Australia. The approval applies to people over 18, including adults older than 65. The recommended interval between the...
should i get a covid vaccine while i’m pregnant or breastfeeding? is it safe for me and my baby?

Should I get a COVID vaccine while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? Is it safe...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock From Monday, Australia’s front-line health workers, quarantine staff, border control officers, and workers and residents in aged-care homes will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Some of these workers will be women who are pregnant, planning a...
the covid vaccine is here. when and to whom will we need to prove we’ve had it?

The COVID vaccine is here. When and to whom will we need to prove...

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 Picture: AAP/AP/Francois Mori Australia’s long-awaited COVID vaccine rollout is scheduled to begin on Monday. New laws have just been passed mandating the recording of COVID-19 vaccine information on the Australian Immunisation Register. The changes to the Australian Immunisation Register...
why telling stories could be a more powerful way of convincing some people to take a covid vaccine than just the facts

Why telling stories could be a more powerful way of convincing some people to...

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 Picture: Ted S. Warren/AP/AAP Scientists don’t know exactly what percentage of the population will need to get a COVID vaccine to achieve herd immunity. Some diseases, such as whooping cough, need very high rates of vaccination between 90-95%. The rise of...
can breastmilk provide babies with covid-19 immunity?

CAN BREASTMILK PROVIDE BABIES WITH COVID-19 IMMUNITY?

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An investigation into how antibodies in breastmilk can protect babies and young children from COVID-19 will be the focus of a new project by The University of Western Australia, funded by the State Government to tackle health challenges associated with the virus.    The findings will inform breastfeeding recommendations for...
covid vaccines have been developed in record time. but how will we know they’re safe?

COVID vaccines have been developed in record time. But how will we know they’re...

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 Image: Shuttlestock With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines about to begin in Australia, people may be wondering if they’re safe (and effective) in the long term. What might be the health consequences a year after vaccination, or...
yes, another lockdown in victoria hurts. but it might be our only way to avert a third wave

Yes, another lockdown in Victoria hurts. But it might be our only way to...

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 Picture; James Ross/AAP Victoria went into stage 4 lockdown from 11.59pm Friday, as the cluster from the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel continues to grow. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the circuit-breaker lockdown that afternoon, citing the threat...
what’s the difference between mutations, variants and strains? a guide to covid terminology

What’s the difference between mutations, variants and strains? A guide to COVID terminology

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 Picture: Shuttlestock Living through a global pandemic over the past year has seen all of us expanding our vocabularies. We now understand terms like PPE, social distancing and contact tracing. But just when perhaps we thought...
stage 4 restrictions – victoria

Stage 4 Restrictions – VICTORIA

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The Premier of Victoria - Dan Andrews, released this statement to the people of Victoria, which includes what can and can't be done in the Stage 4 restrictions that commence at 11:59pm Friday February...
yes, a 16-day incubation period for covid is possible. but it’s extremely rare

Yes, a 16-day incubation period for COVID is possible. But it’s extremely rare

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 Picture: Luis Ascui/AAP Over the past week, three returned travellers — one in New South Wales and two in Victoria — have tested positive to COVID-19 shortly after leaving hotel quarantine. The cases in Victoria appear almost certainly to have...