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Nurses and healthcare workers still facing challenges

A registered nurse administers a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up clinic in Sydney Source: Getty Images

While COVID-19 hospitalisation numbers are plateauing, nurses and healthcare workers say they're are far from a respite. They're predicting a spike in case numbers as people gather across the country for January 26 events and prepare to return to in-person school and work.

Nationally, 93.1% of people over 16 are double dosed with a COVID-19 vaccination, and over 7 million Australians over 18 have received their booster. As Australia moves through the Omicron wave and vaccination figures climb, hospitalisation figures are starting to plateau.

Despite this, Australian Nursing and Midwifery acting federal secretary Lori-Ann Sharp says it's a long way until nurses and healthcare workers will see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.

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