NT Health is encouraging Territorians to ensure they are up-to-date with vaccinations for COVID-19 and measles ahead of the Christmas holiday period.
During this time there will be increased travel interstate and overseas where rises in cases of COVID-19 and measles are being reported.
It is timely for Territorians to ensure they are protected against COVID-19 and measles as soon as possible, as it takes around 2 weeks after vaccination to develop immunity.
Immunity will help to keep Territorians safe and protect people who are visiting the Northern Territory (NT), as well as avoid bringing diseases back on returning from travel.
Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, with 2023 booster doses providing up-to-date defence against severe illness and hospitalisation.
It is recommended that adults with certain risk factors and those aged 65 years and over have a 2023 booster dose, and that those aged 75 years and older have 2 booster doses in 2023, 6 months apart.
People who are unsure if they need a 2023 booster dose should speak with their vaccine provider.
Seven per cent of eligible Territorians aged 18 to 64 years have had a COVID-19 vaccination booster in 2023. Older people are most at risk of severe COVID-19 disease and hospitalisation, yet only 38 per cent of people aged 65 years and over and 48 per cent of people aged 75 years and over years have had a COVID-19 vaccination booster this year.