States to push PM on earlier boosters at National Cabinet

State and territory leaders are set to press Prime Minister Scott Morrison to speed up the schedule for COVID-19 booster shots at tomorrow's emergency National Cabinet meeting. The leaders will discuss public health measures to combat rapidly increasing case numbers in New South Wales and Victoria. It comes amid calls from NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and his Victorian counterpart Martin Foley to make "specific determinations" for both states to have a fast-tracked booster program to curb increasing case numbers, Nine newspapers report. READ MORE: With Christmas in the balance, nations eye UK Omicron surge The nation's vaccine advisory body ATAGI ruled last week that boosters could be brought forward from six to five months. National Cabinet is also expected to discuss whether Australians may need to have had a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated - a move made in the US, Israel and Singapore. The next meeting of National Cabinet was due in February. 9News has obt..

State and territory leaders are set to press Prime Minister Scott Morrison to speed up the schedule for COVID-19 booster shots at tomorrow's emergency National Cabinet meeting.

The leaders will discuss public health measures to combat rapidly increasing case numbers in New South Wales and Victoria.

It comes amid calls from NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and his Victorian counterpart Martin Foley to make "specific determinations" for both states to have a fast-tracked booster program to curb increasing case numbers, Nine newspapers report.

READ MORE: With Christmas in the balance, nations eye UK Omicron surge

The nation's vaccine advisory body ATAGI ruled last week that boosters could be brought forward from six to five months.

National Cabinet is also expected to discuss whether Australians may need to have had a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated – a move made in the US, Israel and Singapore.

The next meeting of National Cabinet was due in February.

9News has obtained a letter written by Mr Morrison to state and territory leaders which insists it is imperative for Australians to take responsibility for their own health during the rise of COVID-19 cases.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has recommended masks to be used in all indoor settings.

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Ultimately the committee said mask mandates should be considered for public locations deemed high risk.

Mr Morrison has urged leaders to avoid border closures ahead of Christmas as Australia learns to live with COVID-19.

In the previous meeting, which was held only two weeks ago and was meant to be the last for the year, leaders discussed Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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