COVID-19 booster shots will be mandatory for workers in Australia’s state of Victoria.
During a press conference on Monday morning, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced his government’s strategy to implement booster shots was an essential part of Victoria’s “vaccinated economy.”
While addressing reporters in his routine media meeting, Premier Dan Andrews announced, “It will be in everybody’s interests, all of us, for the health and safety, for the health system, and of course to continue participating in the vaccinated economy — you will need to have a booster shot.”
Andrews said that the “vaccinated economy will operate across the board.”
“Two doses, or you’re not getting in [to the state]. Two doses, or you’re not going to work. This is absolutely critical,” he continued.
The premier then revealed that boosters would be “just as important as the first and second” shots.
“We will retain the vaccinated economy,” he stated.
“All those requirements, all those settings where you only get in if you are double-vaxxed – and you can tap and verify that for everybody – that vaccinated economy is here to stay.”
In a media briefing in August, World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan rejected calls for COVID-19 booster shots, saying that data “is not conclusive.”
“We also don’t know about the safety of boosters,” she continued, “because when we talk about vaccines, it’s not just the efficacy. [W]hat happens … when you give a third dose of an mRNA vaccine or any other kind of vaccine?”
Controversy surrounding booster shots come amid a wave of breakthrough cases in highly-vaccinated countries, where the experimental vaccines have increasingly failed to prevent death or serious illness against COVID-19 variants and have been linked to unprecedentedly high, frequently fatal, adverse reactions such as Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE).