The 28-year-old Sydneysider has had liver disease and ulcerative colitis since he was three years old. And while he’s fully vaccinated and received his second booster, he’s worried if he contracts COVID-19 it could be disastrous for his health.
“We will have a continuing number of people in hospital from COVID-19, which is a great concern because our hospitals will be under enormous pressure over the next few months or so,” he said.
Nancy Baxter, head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Source: Supplied
According to epidemiologist Nancy Baxter, while contracting COVID-19 may offer some form of resilience against the same or other variants of COVID-19, it offers absolutely no protection against the influenza virus.
“It’s really imperative at the moment that everybody keep up with their vaccinations – either get vaccinated or get the booster. Also, get a flu shot as well, so that we can minimise the numbers of both those infections,” Dr Moy said.
The above quarter coincided with the peak of the Omicron variant in Victoria.
Danny Hill, executive secretary of the Victorian Ambulance Union.
But while Omicron has peaked in the state, Danny Hill – secretary of the Victorian Ambulance Union – said the demand for the ambulance service hasn’t.
“Regularly, we’re seeing people literally break down in the workplace and any measure we can put in place to ease the workload on health workers helps to make sure that we keep the patients and the most vulnerable safe,” he said.