Professor Rhonda Stuart speaks about COVID-19 reinfection and importance of booster doses

A research paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia discussed a case of reinfection in a Melbourne household, further emphasising the importance of booster doses.

The case involved three young, healthy adults who first acquired COVID-19 in June 2020 and again in July 2021. This is the first recorded case of reinfection in Melbourne.

Professor Rhonda Stuart discussed the case and the importance of booster doses with ABC’s Virginia Trioli. Professor Stuart said:

“It’s a good reminder that once you get COVID, it doesn’t mean you can’t get it again.

“The vaccine decreases your chances of getting COVID but the most important thing about it is it decreases your chance of getting severely ill or dying. What’s really important, that we know now, is that booster dose is really important to get your immunity levels up.”

Professor Stuart also appeared in the Herald Sun and on 7 News, calling for eligible Victorians to come forward for their booster doses.

WATCH: Professor Rhonda Stuart appears on 7 News Melbourne

“Now that ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) has brought forward the booster vaccine to five months (after the second vaccination), it’s important to do, especially with the new variant. Boosting should be the number one priority from now on.”

You can find more information about booster doses, including how to book an appointment, on the Monash Health South East Public Health Unit website