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How much protection wanes from without booster against Omicron revealed

Current vaccines used to protect Australians from Covid-19 can wane from 80 per cent to as little as zero in just four months.

The latest advice released by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) revealed the early estimates of vaccine efficiency indicated “lower initial vaccine effectiveness” with just two doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine against the Omicron variant.

It means a double-dosed person could lose about 50 per cent of their protection within 120 days, according to the expert panel.

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Camera IconThe latest advice from ATAGI has revealed Covid-19 vaccines can wane from 80 per cent to as little as zero in just four months. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall Credit: News Corp Australia

Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation with Omicron showed a “a similar pattern” of waning, falling to 52 per cent.

But ATAGI said there was an 88 per cent increased effectiveness against hospitalisation from a booster dose.

“There have been no safety signals of concern for an earlier booster dose given from three months after the primary series where this is used overseas,” the expert immunisation panel said in a statement.

“It is expected that a booster will increase protection against symptomatic infection and this should lead to a parallel increase in protection against transmission, therefore providing some indirect protection to the wider population.”

Under ATAGI’s latest advice, a person must have all doses recommended for their age and individual health in order to be deemed “up to date” and those who waited more than six months to get their booster shot would be classified as “overdue”.

It was also recommended that anyone aged 16 years and older receive a booster dose three months after their primary course.

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Camera IconATAGI said a booster shot increased effectiveness against hospitalisation by 88 per cent. NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty Credit: News Corp Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia had one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world because of high vaccination coverage.

With more than 95 per cent of the nation’s population aged 16 and over having had two doses, he said it was the reason Australians were keeping safe.

“Australia‘s record in handling the Covid pandemic has been one of the standout performances anywhere in the world,” Mr Morrison told reporters.

“We’re glad that together with state and territory governments we have done it together.”

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Camera IconPrime Minister Scott Morrison said the nation had the lowest Covid-19 death rate than any other country in the world. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

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