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COVID-19 Update: COVID-19 booster dose interval cut to four months

NSW COVID-19 testing in Redfern Source: AAP Image/MICK TSIKAS

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 24 December 2021.

  • The federal government will reduce the interval between people's second dose and booster COVID-19 vaccine to four months following advice from The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
  • Health Minister Greg Hunt said the interval will be brought forward to four months from 4 January and to three months from 31 January. 
  • Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly says case numbers are ‘not the most important’ but encourages people to get their booster shots.
  • In NSW a mask mandate for indoor settings, except private homes, came into effect from today until January 27. Density limits on hospitality venues and mandatory QR check-ins will be in place from December 27 to January 27.
  • Victoria introducing stricter mask rules on Thursday, and Western Australia mandating masks for all public indoor settings and nightclubs until 28 December
  • Travellers in Victoria face delays as airline crew forced into isolation on Christmas Eve.
  • The list of exposure sites in Perth has grown as authorities rush to find out whether the virus was spread by an infected backpacker from Queensland.


NSW recorded 5,612 locally acquired cases and one death.
Victoria recorded 2,095 new community cases and eight deaths.

Queensland recorded 589 cases, the ACT 102, Tasmania 27

For measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit here.

Quarantine and restrictions state by state:

Find out what you can and can't do in your state or territory


Information for international travellers and Covid-19 and travel information in language

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  Getting help during Covid-19 from Services Australia in language

Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:

COVID-19 Vaccination Glossary
Appointment Reminder Tool.

Testing clinics in each state and territory:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory 

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