This is expected to be the smallest Omicron wave so far. But eligible older and vulnerable people are still recommended to have a booster.
As COVID finds its equilibrium, infection rates will rise and fall, influenced by seasons, school holidays and new subvariants. Managing the risk is complex and needs to be cost-effective.
Australia is in the middle of its fifth Omicron wave, which has been brewing since February. But it’s been slow and the health impacts are very different.
A NHMRC Partnership Project grant will improve our responses to COVID-19, influenza, and future pandemic threats.
The evidence so far suggests this wave could be a shorter and smaller version of the Omicron BA.5 wave.