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With the eighth wave of Covid looming and a busy holiday season approaching, there's increasing pressure on the government to expedite their response to vaccine distribution.

Two new Covid vaccines approved as alarming figure reveals majority of Aussies choosing not to get a booster shot

Two new COVID vaccines will become available in Australia soon with proven success at fighting off new strains of the virus.

The Pfizer and Moderna XBB1.5 vaccines were approved by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), with the advice being accepted by the federal government last week.

The decision comes as alarming new data revealed only 1.9 million Australian adults have received a Covid vaccination in the six months to November 8.

For younger Australians, the take up of a booster dose has stalled.

Only 5.5 per cent of Australians aged 18 to 64 years rolled up their sleeves for a jab.

The new monovalent XBB 1.5 vaccines will become available on December 11 and are available now for order by eligible providers.

The vaccines have been found to provide improved protection against viral strains currently circulating in the community.

Pfizer’s vaccine will be available for use in eligible people aged 5 years and older, while the Moderna vaccine can be used for those aged 12 years and older.

Just 39 per cent of aged care residents across the country have received a Covid booster in the last six months.

Victoria has the greatest number of residents recently vaccinated, sitting at 42.3 per cent, followed by Western Australia at 41.7 per cent, Tasmania at 41.4 per cent and South Australian residents at 40.3 per cent.

The other states and territories lag behind, with Nothern Territory at the lowest at 33.4 per cent, followed by Queensland at 35 per cent, NSW at 37.7 per cent, and ACT at 39 per cent.

More than 10,000 Australians reported contracting Covid last week, but the true figure could be much larger as it is no longer a requirement to lodge a positive test with a person’s state.

Opposition health spokesperson Anne Ruston lashed the government for failing to roll out the new Covid vaccinations “as quickly as possible” ahead of the Christmas period.

“With our healthcare system facing escalating challenges, now is not the time for [Health Minister Mark Butler] to be dragging his feet on signing a brief to protect the Australian people,” she said.

The senator called on the government to immediately roll out an awareness campaign and for the health minister to appear publicly alongside the Chief Medical Officer to draw attention to the issue.

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  1. What was the approval process for the Pfizer and Moderna XBB1.5 vaccines by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), and how did the federal government respond to their advice?
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