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Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

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Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

    Should a 3rd dose be required to be FULLY vaccinated?

    Should a 3rd dose be required to be FULLY vaccinated?

    Australia's expert vaccination panel may soon tick off on a major expansion to the country's coronavirus vaccination program, paving the way for third doses to be administered.

    Yesterday, the medicines regulator the TGA approved Pfizer for use as a third dose - sometimes referred to as a booster - for Australians aged 18 or over after six months after their second dose.

    But despite the third dose boosting immunity, the Federal Government says they won't require it to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Also on today's show:

    * How does the TGA and ATAGI work in approving and recommending vaccines?

    * Why only 18 years or over?

    * Can I go get it a bit early?

    * What about side effects?

    • 10 min
    Will vaccines stop me getting long COVID?

    Will vaccines stop me getting long COVID?

    One of the big unknowns with coronavirus is why some people are left with symptoms from the illness long after they test negative.

    It's known as long COVID, and studies overseas suggest it affects more than half of people who get COVID to varying degrees of severity.

    So now we're nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, have we learnt more about long-COVID and what type of symptoms seem to be most common?

    And because Australia has been fortunate enough to get to high levels of vaccination before massive outbreaks, are we likely to avoid the worst of it?

    Also on today's show:

    * Is Norman at odds with Australia's chief medical officer on vaccines waning?

    * Some of my friends in WA are hesitant to get the vaccine and anti-mandate. What do I do?

    • 10 min
    How do I protect the vulnerable people I love?

    How do I protect the vulnerable people I love?

    As more states open their borders in coming months, more COVID than ever will be circulating through the community.

    Vaccines will help protect many of us, but for vulnerable people - like the elderly or immunocompromised - additional protections may be needed.

    So if you have someone close that is more vulnerable to severe disease from a COVID-19 infection, what are some of the things you can do to help reduce the risk?

    Also on today's show:

    * 2nd generation vaccines vs natural immunity

    * Will my pets need to be vaccinated too?

    * Are there/will there be any plant based COVID vaccines?

    * A study on fertility and the AstraZeneca vaccine (no problems found)

    • 8 min
    How will we know if we're reopening too fast?

    How will we know if we're reopening too fast?

    As more and more of the country is vaccinated, state and territory governments are starting to outline which restrictions we will lose when we reach very high levels of coverage.

    Over the weekend, Victoria revealed that when it reaches 90 per cent double dose in a month there will be no density caps, and masks will only be mandatory at certain high-risk settings.

    But how do we know when is the right time to lift restrictions and what can we learn from countries that have been this way before?

    Also on today's show:

    * Surgical masks give me "mascne" so I was going to invest in some 100 per cent silk reusable masks that are less likely to cause breakouts. They have a cotton interior but do you think they'd be effective enough against Delta?

    * When a zero-COVID state opens up with hopefully high vaccination rates, will it be more vulnerable because there is no natural immunity in the community from infections?

    • 11 min
    Norman's moving the goal posts again everyone

    Norman's moving the goal posts again everyone

    There's been all sorts of vaccination targets bandied about over the last year: 70 per cent, 80 per cent, 16+ eligibility, 12+ eligibility. It never seems to end.

    But what if - and this might not make you happy because it seems almost impossible at the moment - the real target should be 95 per cent?

    It's been done overseas: in Portugal and Iceland. So what would it take to do it here and what benefits do you get?

    Also on today's show:

    * Vaccine mandates are coming

    * When will we have a vaccine approved for children under 12yrs?

    * Where's Novavax?

    * Where's Ollie? Wally? What?

    • 10 min
    Reopening with thousands of cases a day

    Reopening with thousands of cases a day

    Greater Melbourne will finally come out of lockdown a minute before the strike of midnight tonight, which will be a huge relief to millions of people.

    But the city comes out of lockdown with high daily caseloads - with the rolling five day average being around 1850.

    When NSW came out of lockdown, its daily caseload was much lower - and has remained low and is showing no signs of increasing again.

    So can we expect cases to fall in Melbourne? Rise? Level off? And does reopening with a large caseload in a highly vaccinated population even matter?

    Also on today's show:

    * Australia hits 70 per cent double-dosed

    * Norman wants to see some quokkas

    * What is the difference going to be for Victoria opening up with so many more cases than NSW?

    * Can you get COVID-19 three times?

    • 10 min

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