Karl Stefanovic says he’s fed up with new Covid-19 jabs and voiced his concerns about vaccine complications after a new booster was recommended for some Aussies by the nation’s immunisation advisory body. 

Millions of Australians will be eligible for a fifth Covid jab from February 20 after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) updated its advice on Wednesday morning. 

All adults who have not had a booster or a confirmed case of Covid in the past six months will be permitted to get another jab.

Those at risk of severe illness – those aged over-65 years and younger adults who have medical comorbidities, disability or complex health needs – are recommended to get a booster dose in 2023.

However, the Today Show host declared he’s ‘done’ with Covid vaccines and said he is far from the only one with top doctor and medical commentator Nick Coatsworth. 

Stefanovic also expressed concern about potential health effects of the jab over contracting the virus itself.

Millions of Australians will be eligible to get a fifth Covid jab from February 20

Millions of Australians will be eligible to get a fifth Covid jab from February 20

Millions of Australians will be eligible to get a fifth Covid jab from February 20

‘As you know, I’m not a glowing ambassador for more than two shots,’ Stefanovic began. 

‘I’ve had Covid a couple of times and I’m done with the vaccine.

‘There’s a big chunk of Australia that is done and there’s another chunk that is happy to keep having them.’

‘Is it capable of fighting new strains, this vaccine?’

Dr Coatsworth conceded a fifth jab would only provide enhanced protection for 8-12 weeks.

‘It is a very transient protection, it’s not protection for life,’ he said.

‘That’s the problem with these boosters and eventually we will have to stop with these recommendations for ongoing boosters.’

Stefanovic also voiced concerns about potential complications if he decides to roll up his sleeves for another jab.

Karl Stefanovic says he's 'done' with the Covid jab and is more concerned about potential complications from the vaccine

Karl Stefanovic says he's 'done' with the Covid jab and is more concerned about potential complications from the vaccine

Karl Stefanovic says he’s ‘done’ with the Covid jab and is more concerned about potential complications from the vaccine 

‘The other thing that I am concerned about, if I have another dose, that I may get complications,’ he said.

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‘I have seen all those reports on the internet about fit and healthy people just dropping down with heart issues and it’s still not obviously established yet whether or not the vaccine causes some of the heart issues,’ he said.

‘So that’s a worry for me, more so than getting Covid.’ 

Dr Coatsworth admitted complications are possible but assured viewers that the vaccine is safe. 

‘I don’t think that there are hundreds of heart deaths swept under the carpet,’ he said

‘There are complications but we know what they are.’

The fifth jab was previously only available for severely immunocompromised Australians.

‘From February 20, all adults who haven’t had a booster or an infection in the past six months can go out and get a booster shot, to give them additional protection against severe illness from Covid,’ Health Minister Mark Butler said in a statement. 

‘If you’re 65 or over, or you’re an adult at risk of severe Covid illness, and it’s been six months since your last booster or infection, it’s now time for a booster.’

The announcement means Australians aged 18-29 will be eligible for a fourth vaccine but won’t be offered to children unless they have health issues that put them at risk of severe illness.

Nick Coatsworth conceded a fifth jab would only provided enhanced protection for 8-12 weeks

Nick Coatsworth conceded a fifth jab would only provided enhanced protection for 8-12 weeks

Nick Coatsworth conceded a fifth jab would only provided enhanced protection for 8-12 weeks

Those who haven't had Covid or a booster in the last six months can get another jab

Those who haven't had Covid or a booster in the last six months can get another jab

Those who haven’t had Covid or a booster in the last six months can get another jab 

It comes weeks after the Albanese government insisted that a third booster wouldn’t be necessary after ATAGI had initially recommended against getting a fifth vaccine shot.

In November, ATAGI noted that severe disease and death during a recent wave of the virus in Singapore was very rare for people who had had at least two doses of a Covid shot.

Around 72 per cent of eligible Australians have received three doses while 5.4 million have returned for a fourth.

The fifth dose recommendation will be welcomed by medical experts who have been calling for a third booster to be delivered at the same times as the flu jab in April and May, before the virus is expected to be at its infection peak.

Professor Robert Booy, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Sydney, said the effectiveness of the last booster shot the elderly and immunocompromised had six months ago is now ‘wearing off’.

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