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Australia launches $11m ad campaign to encourage uptake of Covid boosters and flu vaccines

Health minister says winter brings threat of significant Covid and flu spread and warns country is ‘still very much in this pandemic’

A new advertising campaign will launch on Thursday urging Australians to get their Covid booster shots ahead of an expected spike in cases over winter, with the federal health minister, Mark Butler, warning the country was “still very much in this pandemic”.

Butler said the new Labor government had no plan to extend fourth vaccine doses to the general population or to expand Covid rules like density limits and mask mandates, even as the nation records hundreds of deaths a week.

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