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COVID vaccines

Australia to roll out fourth COVID vaccine shot ahead of winter

Move comes amid steady rise in cases

Australia is one of the most heavily vaccinated countries against the coronavirus.   © Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australia will roll out a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines to its most vulnerable population starting next month, authorities said on Friday, as the country looks to limit fresh outbreaks ahead of winter.

The decision comes amid a steady rise in cases fueled by the highly contagious BA.2 sub-variant of the omicron strain and concerns of co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu viruses during colder months as most social distancing restrictions end.

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