He recommended a third and fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for every eligible Australian on a day when 3,740 people were in hospital with COVID — compared to 2,689 a month ago.
“I would very much encourage them [health authorities] to sit down with us [the immunocompromised community] and continue in a candid and maybe sometimes uncomfortable dialogue about what’s realistically necessary to ensure that our health system can continue to provide sustainable high-quality, high safety care to our vulnerable and marginalised communities.
Harry Illes-Mann in hospital following a liver transplant in 2021. It was the second transplant he’s had in two years.
“Not reintroducing a requirement to wear masks is a really big point of concern for myself but also for the advocacy community and for vulnerable people at the moment.
“With mask and vaccine mandates removed, and no government guidance, COVID safe measures are left up to the individual,” Ms Findlay said.
Melbourne disability campaigner Carly Findlay is calling for Australians to consider wearing a mask. Source: AAP / CARLY FINDLAY/PR IMAGE
“If you can wear a mask, do so, even when the government says you don’t have to.
“With rising case numbers and a refusal to mandate mask-wearing, I see a denial of this reality – not an acceptance.
Current or former cancer patients are considered at high-risk from the effects of COVID-19, largely due to their compromised immune systems.
“Immunocompromised people are at a slightly higher risk of infection and increased risk of more severe infection from COVID-19. While Australia has a very high vaccination rate, the coronavirus is still circulating at high levels in our community.”