The Australian Government has revealed its plan to continue fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing on the country’s most vulnerable people including Culturally Linguistic and Diverse groups (CALD).
The National Covid-19 Health Management Plan for 2023 highlights the priority to minimise the incidence of death and severe illness, particularly focusing on those most at risk.
The National Plan will ensure Australia’s health system has the capacity and capability to respond to future waves and variants; promote the uptake of vaccination and treatments; and slow the spread of transmission.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the emergence of new Covid-19 variants means waves are expected at least until the end of 2025 in Australia.
But the intensity of these waves is expected to be less severe due to improved immunity and vaccination uptake.
Vaccinations against Covid-19 will continue to be subsidised by the government and the availability of oral antiviral treatments will be scaled up for elderly Australians.
It was revealed that the Omicron strain, which drove widespread infection across Australia in late 2021 and early 2022, is less likely to lead to long Covid in Australia.
Professor Bruce Robinson from the Early Digital Intervention for Covid-19 Therapy (EDICT) said he was pleased to see that the plan focused on CALD groups in ensuring they were informed.
“We know that Covid-19 has had an immense impact on CALD communities and so it’s good to see that in-language communication campaigns will continue in this space.”