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ACT records 31 new COVID-19 cases

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The ACT Chief Minister issued a warning on mixing vaccines after the territory reported 31 new infections.

The Australian Capital Territory recorded 31 new local cases of COVID-19.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said at least 17 of today's cases had been in the community at some point during their infection period and 14 were still under investigation.

He said getting tested early was vital to drive down case numbers.

"It helps reduce the number of infectious days in the community, but will also help if you are diagnosed earlier with treatments to help you recover from COVID," he said.

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The Pfizer vaccine is now available to Canberrans over the age of 60.

He also urged people not to mix COVID-19 vaccines.

"Mixing vaccines is not approved in Australia at this time, so it's not possible to get an mRNA vaccine if you have received AstraZeneca as your first dose," he said.

His warning comes as people over the age of 60 become eligible to book a Pfizer vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic or through a local GP.

The Moderna vaccine has become available for the same age group.

People in the Australian Capital Territory over the age of 60 are now eligible to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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Mr Barr urged residents to be proactive with continuing their vaccination plan as more doses become available.

"If you have received a first dose of AstraZeneca, you must receive a second dose of AstraZeneca."

He said this was due to forward planning by the Commonwealth Government to ensure boosters shots were available next year.

Source: 9News

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