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Ipswich residents urged to get COVID-19 booster jab as cases surge

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Ipswich residents are being urged to get the second COVID booster as the fatality rate from the virus in Ipswich continues to rise.

Four people have died from the virus in recent days taking the death toll for the West Moreton Health District to 81 for the year.

Spokesperson Dr Penny Hutchinson says the vaccine is effective against Omicron variants BA4 and BA5.

She says that the death toll has increased due to more people becoming ill from the third wave of the virus as the region reports about 1700 new notifications per day.

“We are really starting to see it in the younger age groups,” Dr Hutchinson says.

“It’s really important, for those who haven’t had their third or fourth dose to have their vaccinations.

“It’s been shown, having those booster doses is really effective in reducing the severity of the illness.”

The state’s COVID-19 hospitalisations topped 1,000 for the first time.

Yesterday, Queensland Health recorded 11,687 new COVID-19 cases with 61,151 active cases in the state.

There are 1,034 people receiving hospital care for COVID-19 (public and private hospitals) and 21 of those are in ICU care.

 

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