Karl Stefanovic is “done” with the COVID vaccine, and said that the won’t be getting any more booster shots.
The TV host addressed the news that a fifth booster shot for COVID is now available for Australians over 30 and spoke about his concerns over vaccine-related complications.
“As you know, I’m not a glowing ambassador for more than two shots,” Karl said on The Today Show during an interview with esteemed doctor and medical commentator Nick Coatsworth.
Stefanovic added, “I’ve had COVID a couple of times and I’m done with the vaccine.
“There’s a big chunk of Australia that is done and there’s another chunk that is happy to keep having them.”
“Is it capable of fighting new strains, this vaccine?”
Dr Coatsworth told the host that the fifth COVID booster would only provide extra protection for 8-12 weeks.
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“It is a very transient protection, it’s not protection for life,” he said.
“That’s the problem with these boosters and eventually, we will have to stop with these recommendations for ongoing boosters.”
Stefanovic asked Dr Coatsworth about the complications associated with the vaccine.
“The other thing that I am concerned about, if I have another dose, that I may get complications,’ he said.
“I have seen all those reports on the internet about fit and healthy people just dropping down with heart issues and it’s still not obviously established yet whether or not the vaccine causes some of the heart issues.
“So that’s a worry for me, more so than getting Covid,” he said.
However, Dr Coatsworth said that COVID related complications are much rarer than many people think.
“I don’t think that there are hundreds of heart deaths swept under the carpet,” he replied. “There are complications but we know what they are.”
He added, “If you are a relatively healthy over-60-year-old and you are living at home and you’re independent and you have had your doses of vaccine, then the likelihood of you going to hospital with Covid is extraordinary small.”
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