Australia urged to bring forward COVID-19 booster shots.
Australia is being urged to bring forward booster shots to help prevent thousands of additional COVID-19 infections as holidaymakers take advantage of open borders.
Epidemiologist Adrian Esterman wants the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation to follow the United Kingdom's lead and recommend boosters three months after a second dose.
He fears leaving the gap at five months will result in "thousands of people infected for no reason".
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NSW on Sunday recorded 2566 new infections. There are 227 people in hospital, 28 of them in intensive care.
Premier Dominic Perrottet refuses calls to mandate masks indoors and bring back QR code check-ins for all venues, which concerns Professor Esterman.
"The epidemic curve (in NSW) is almost vertical. Cases are doubling every three days," he said.
"I don't think lockdowns are necessary, but states and territories should retain their public health measures."
Victoria reported 1240 new cases and four more deaths. It has 392 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 81 of them in intensive care.
South Australia reported 80 new COVID-19 cases, Queensland 42 and the ACT 18.
There were nine in the Northern Territory as authorities there anticipated extending a lockdown in the town of Tennant Creek.
Tasmania reported three new infections as it prepared to mandate masks indoors.