An Australian mum has slammed Dan Andrews for mandating a third booster shot for certain workers, despite health experts saying it’s the best defence against Covid as immunity wanes from the first and second doses.
Booster jabs will be mandated for certain Victorian workers in critical industries from 11:59pm next Wednesday. Those already eligible for a booster jab would be given until February 12 to receive their third COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Dan Andrews has made booster shots mandatory for thousands of workers in critical industries
Workers not currently eligible would have three months and two weeks from the date of their second-dose deadline to get their third dose.
But in a viral – and foul-mouthed video, Julie Lowe made clear she’s not happy about the mandate.
‘Mr Dan Andrews … I’m done. A mandatory third jab just so I can go to f***ing work and support my family as a single parent – you’ve got to be kidding me mate.
‘I just got an email from my employer saying that if by the 12th of Feb I am not vaccinated with the third jab I cannot work.’
Lowe said she had already had two doses of the jab, and was frustrated that a third had been mandatory.
‘I’m done, f*** you. I’m done with this dictatorship. What the f*** has happened to Australia?’ she asked.
Despite her protest, Lowe did however admit she had recently fell ill from the Omicron variant.
A booster shot is considered the best protection against the mutant Omicron strain.
Workers required to get a third jab under Dan Andrews’ mandate
Those already eligible for a booster jab would be given until February 12 to receive their third COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Workers not currently eligible would have three months and two weeks from the date of their second-dose deadline to get a third dose.
The following workers are required to get a third dose:
Aged care and disability workers;
Emergency service workers;
Correctional facility workers;
Hotel quarantine workers;
Food distribution workers; and
Those in abattoir, meat, poultry and seafood processing
Julie Lowe (pictured) issued a scathing message for Dan Andrews in a furious rant posted online
Health experts are urging Australians to receive a vaccine booster as immunity from the first two vaccines declines.
Boosters are recommended because they kick start your antibody levels back up to roughly where they were just after you were fully vaccinated.
‘We know that it’s not an immediate thing when the vaccine starts to wear off,’ explained health minister Greg Hunt.
‘It’s a time based thing and so we will prioritise the ones that are most at risk.’
Mr Hunt said the booster also reduced virus transmission.
‘Protection is very strong against severe illness, but what we’ll see is a much stronger protection against transmission,’ he said.
He urged Australians to get the jab, saying a rise in intensive care patients in NSW has been made up almost entirely of unvaccinated people with ‘not even a first dose let alone a booster’.
Earlier this month, the health department reduced the time Australians needed to wait for booster shots.
Boosters were brought forward to four months after the second dose, down from five months previously. Then from January 31, people can get boosters after three months.
How long do the vaccines last?
Pfizer CEO Albert Boula confirmed in July that the effectiveness of the vaccine does steadily diminish, but said it reaches about 84 per cent effectiveness at six months.
The jab is most effective between one week and two months after the second dose, and drops by an average of 6 per cent every two months.
Meanwhile, studies of the Moderna vaccine show 94 per cent effectiveness six months after the second dose.
Studies on AstraZeneca indicate that a single dose induced immunity for at least one year, with an even stronger immune response after either a late second dose or a third dose.
A delay of up to 45 weeks between the first and second jab was found to produce a very strong response, or a third jab after six months.
Source: AstraZeneca, Gavi Vaccine Alliance, The Lancet
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is calling for vaccine manufacturers to future proof Covid jabs instead of focusing on rolling out regular boosters.
The agency’s Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC) released a report this week saying that planning to regularly roll out Covid boosters is not sustainable.
It places the WHO are direct opposition to Pfizer, whose CEO Albert Bourla said earlier this week said that Covid could be around for a next decade, but will be controlled by regular booster shots produced by the company.
‘With near- and medium-term supply of the available vaccines, the need for equity in access to vaccines across countries to achieve global public health goals, programmatic considerations including vaccine demand, and evolution of the virus, a vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable,’ TAG-CO-VAC wrote.