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‘Irresponsible’: Four-month booster calls slammed

Greg Hunt slammed the Labor leader for his comments, insisting Mr Albanese was politicising ATAGIs health advice. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty

Health Minister Greg Hunt has lashed calls for the Covid-19 booster shot wait time to be reduced, labelling politicians as reckless and irresponsible for advocating for a shorter third dose booster interval.

On Thursday, opposition leader Anthony Albanese called for Australia to “learn some lessons” from other countries struggling with the Omicron variant and reduce the wait time for the booster shot from five months to four.

“One of the lessons is to reduce the time between the second dose and the booster,” he said.

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But Mr Hunt slammed the Labor leader for his comments, insisting Mr Albanese was politicising ATAGIs health advice and was therefore “unworthy” of being Prime Minister.

“The Labor leader is doing precisely the very thing that Josh Burns says shouldn‘t happen – that’s politicians interfering with the medical process,” he said.

“You have one person in Labor saying – don’t interfere with ATAGI – and then you have the leader trying to do precisely the opposite.

“Utterly irresponsible. Utterly inappropriate. Utterly unworthy of somebody who wants to be a PM.”

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Federal politics reporter

Canberra

Helena Burke is a federal politics reporter for NCA NewsWire, based in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was previously a journalist and editor-in-chief at the Australian National University’s student news outlet… Read more

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