How to get vaccinated in 2019
A new report has found that people who don’t get the jab in time can become infected with a serious virus in just a few months.
Key points:The report said people with a history of high-risk conditions could be at risk of contracting the coronavirus”In the case of high risk, there is no treatment available”Dr Andrew Wooten said the report was the first to quantify the number of people in Australia who might be infected with the coronavevirus if they don’t receive the vaccine by mid-year.
“There are a lot of different variables we can control, and we can use these different variables to identify the most likely cohort of people at risk,” he said.
“And if we find out that these people are in the most high risk group, we can then target that group of people.”
Dr Wootens said the new data showed that if people who haven’t received the jab for two years weren’t vaccinated in mid-January, they could become infected within a month.
“We find that in a very small number of cases, even after they’ve been vaccinated, they’re still susceptible,” he told 7.30.
Dr Wokelton said the survey also showed that about half of people who received the vaccine in the last two years were still at high risk of catching the coronavesvirus.
“So we know from this report that that’s about half the cohort,” he explained.
“That’s pretty big.”
Dr Watson said he was pleased to hear the results.
“It’s good to see that there are still people who are vulnerable to getting this virus, and it is good to know that people have a chance to get it,” he added.
“I think it’s great that people are being proactive, and that’s what we need to focus on.”
The research was carried out by researchers from the Australian National University and the Queensland University of Technology, along with Dr Wooton.
Topics:covid-19,vaccines-and-immunity,vaccine-research,health,diseases-and_disorders,science-and%E2%80%93-health,australiaFirst posted April 19, 2019 12:34:18Contact Rachel O’ConnellMore stories from Queensland