Trent Twomey, the National President of the Pharmacy Guild in Australia, has declared that Government policy and advice put in place to tackle Covid, such as mask wearing and booster jab rollouts, will happen for many more years to come. He also said that, in order to remain fully vaccinated, members of the public will have to receive a bi-annual top-up dose, and that it’s “something we just need to accept”. The Mail Australia has the story.
Trent Twomey, National President of the Pharmacy Guild, says if modelling shows that its best for people to get a Covid jab “every six months”, then Australians should do so.
He dismissed concerns over lingering vaccine hesitancy and wearing masks, saying Australians “just need to accept” necessary measures because “it’s pretty simple”.
Twomey told Sky News he believes most Australians “want to do the right thing” but that they were anxious to know what normal life in the pandemic era looks like.
He predicted the need to wear a mask could remain “for a long time”, but that it’s “not that inconvenient”.
“I think booster shots, just like your annual influenza shot [are] something we just need to accept, its not going to be with us for many weeks and months, it’s going to be with us for many years.”
He said in order to remain fully vaccinated people will have to get “a periodic inoculation”.
He said boosters could be needed once or twice a year, depending on what conclusions experts draw from “the data”.
“But you know what, it’s just something we’re gonna have to do. [If] we need one every six months, then you know what Australia, let’s get one every six months.”
In response to a question about Anthony Albanese asking for boosters to be made available to the public four months after their second dose instead of five months, Twomey said we are close to that timeframe already.
He said people can get a booster two weeks ahead of the five-month mark, at four and a half months.
He said the decision to bring forward boosters further should be up to “experts… not politicians”.
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