Current Covid wave won’t be last: CMO

Someone getting a Covid shot. Photo supplied by Diego Fedele/AAP.

Andrew Brown in Canberra, AAP

The chief medical officer has warned future Covid waves are on the way, as the prime minister remains hopeful the recent spike in cases has peaked.

Professor Paul Kelly indicated hospital numbers had been decreasing, which was reassuring.

However, further waves of Covid were on the horizon.

“This is coming towards the end of this wave, or at least peaking of this wave,” he said.

“But this will not be the last wave, and we will continue to have to plan for that to be ready to know where that’s happening and to respond to it accordingly.”

Anthony Albanese met with his state and territory counterparts at national cabinet on Thursday to discuss the virus response.

The meeting of national cabinet came a day after the Moderna vaccine was approved for some children from six months to five years old.

The rollout of the child vaccine will begin from 5 September, but only for children who are immunocompromised or have complex health conditions.

It’s estimated 70,000 children in the cohort will be eligible for the vaccine.

The government has ordered 500,000 doses of the child vaccine, with doses recommended eight weeks apart.

Health Minister Mark Butler said ATAGI would continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19 infections in children.

He said it was still too early to determine whether to expand the vaccine rollout to all children in the age range.

“(ATAGI) is going to continue to monitor the data that is particularly going to come out of the larger vaccination programs for this age cohort in the US and Canada and … keep it under consideration,” Mr Butler said.

Advice published by ATAGI says there is a “very low risk” from Covid-19 in healthy children under five years of age.