A new study has found a serious flaw in the Australian immunisation schedules, which have been pushed to the limit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Key points:The ABCs vaccine schedule has been pushed far too far and is not up to dateThe study found the vaccines are still far off targetsIn this latest analysis of the ABC’s vaccine schedule, the study found more than 80 per cent of the vaccines were either out of date or were not yet ready for testing.
The ABC’s Immunisation Schedules and Recommendations 2017-2020 is a series of weekly recommendations for Australians about the immunisation they need.
It states that if a person has a serious health condition that would put them at risk of contracting the virus, they should have their own test done.
“There is no indication that people who have been vaccinated are at increased risk of getting the coronavia virus,” Dr Andrew Brown, an infectious disease expert from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), said.
“So the vaccination schedule has to be adjusted to keep up with that.”
Dr Brown said the current schedule for the coronava vaccine was already outdated and could not be changed.
“If you’re in a group where you’re at risk and the risk is very high, then the most reasonable approach is to have that person be tested, regardless of their vaccination status,” he said.
A further issue with the ABC vaccines is that the first shot is given to children under 18.
“This is really problematic,” Dr Brown said.”[The first shot] should be given to the person who’s got the most serious risk.”
The person that’s going to be most vulnerable is that person who is the most likely to be in a situation where they’ll need to be vaccinated.
“Dr Dan Stober, a clinical professor of medicine at the University’s Department of Health Sciences, said the results were concerning.”
It is the first time that we’ve found the vaccine schedule is so out of sync with the current state of infection control, and it is also a huge risk for public health,” he told news.com.au.”
And we’re in this situation where we need to have a very strong vaccination policy.
“We have very few vaccine options in this country and we’re going to need to do something about it.”
Dr Stober said that while the current vaccines were “not ideal” for children, the vaccine was still in the top 10 vaccines recommended for children aged 4-17.
“That’s why we’re recommending for those age 4 and 5 years, that we should not vaccinate them, that they should get a booster shot at that age,” he explained.
“In that case, they need to get tested again.”
Dr Darrin Liddle, an immunologist from the Australian Immunisation Network (AIRN) and the chief executive of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was not surprising that the vaccine schedules were far off the target.
“People have been asking for more information for a long time and they’re just waiting for a response,” Dr Liddle said.
He said that because the first dose of the vaccine is given at the start of the year, the schedule was “not up to speed” at this stage.
“For some reason, we’re not getting the vaccines up to the level of effectiveness that we need,” Dr Stober explained.
Dr Brown and Dr Lisle agreed that Australia’s current vaccine schedule was not working.
“What we’re seeing with the coronavi vaccine is that we’re putting all of our eggs in one basket, and the problem is that it’s not going to catch up,” Dr Darrina Liddle explained.
The report also found that the ABC schedule for children is still far from meeting the needs of most Australians.
“Australia is behind in terms of its vaccine schedule,” Dr Glyn Maitland from the Vaccine Advisory Council of Australia (VACAI), told news-com.com, “and we have more than 50 vaccines that have been approved by the Health Protection and Care Services Authority for use in Australia, but we don’t have the vaccine in place to deliver the vaccine that’s needed.”
Dr Liddle agreed that it was time for the ABC to change its vaccination schedule.
“I think there is a fundamental problem with the system, which is that vaccines are not tested at the same time, they’re not tested in the same place and they are not available at the right time,” he added.
Dr Lisle said it would be great if the ABC switched its vaccine schedules to be “viable and reliable”.
“But I think the system needs to be fundamentally changed, and this is where we can really make a difference,” he advised.
“Vaccine availability needs to change, and we need better communication with the public about what we’re doing and why we need them, so that they know they can get the