Shock as Australia’s expert panel on immunisation reveals it NEVER recommended controversial Covid vaccine mandates be put in place
Australia’s expert immunisation panel says it didn’t recommend jab mandates
Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation grilled a hearing this week
Panel was asked the vaccine mandates still necessary if population vaccinated
Chair said how jabs were rolled out was up to the states’ public health orders
By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 22:54 GMT, 8 December 2021 | Updated: 22:54 GMT, 8 December 2021
Australia’s expert immunisation panel has distanced itself from state-enforced Covid-19 vaccine mandates and says it never recommended them.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) insists no recommendation was made at any time to the states regarding mandatory vaccine rules, which have sparked widespread protests across the country.
The advisory body was grilled at a parliamentary committee hearing on Wednesday, where it was asked the controversial mandates are still necessary if 90 per cent of the population are double jabbed.
Around 88.5 per cent of over-16 Australians are double-dosed. Pictured is swimmer Cate Campbell being vaccinated ahead of the Tokyo Olympics
‘ATAGI has not provided a recommendation for mandates at any time,’ co-chair Dr Christopher Blyth replied.
‘We believe in the benefits and safety of vaccinations, and how they are implemented and rolled out is absolutely up to the states’ public health orders.’
The revelation comes after the Therapeutic Goods Administration gave its approval for the Moderna vaccine to be used as a booster shot for over-18s.
The final decision will be up to ATAGI and is expected to be revealed next week.
Australians are expected to be able to decide between a Pfzier and Moderna booster ‘very, very shortly’.
‘The booster program is fundamentally important, when we see the variants such as omicron,’ federal health minister Greg Hunt said.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has distanced itself from controversial jab mandates imposed by states. Pictured is a recent protest in Melbourne
The majority of Australians plan to get a third booster shot, but hesitancy still remains.
A new Australian National University survey has found 71.9 per cent of vaccinated adults intend to get a third booster shot, but have concerns about potential side effects.
Around 88.5 per cent of over-16 Australians are double-dosed and 93 per cent have had one jab.
NSW, Victoria and the ACT are among the states where more than 90 per cent of over-16s are already fully vaccinated.
More than 580,000 Australians have already received a booster shot, recommended at least six months after the second shot.
ATAGI is also expected to make a final decision about vaccines for children aged 5-11 this week.
The co-chair of the immunisation panel said how vaccines were rolled out was up to the states’ public health orders (pictured, recent protests in Melbourne)
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