The idea of rolling out free influenza vaccines this winter appears to be gaining momentum across the country, ahead of what’s expected to be bumper flu season.

Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia are now the latest states to consider the idea.

That comes after New South Wales announced it was likely to follow Queensland’s lead, where the vaccines have already been made available free of charge.

The question was put to ACT Health officials on Wednesday and a spokesperson for the Health Directorate said the Territory Government is focused on offering improved access to high risk and priority groups.

“This year the ACT Government is offering influenza vaccinations for free to targeted groups at our COVID-19 Access and Sensory immunisation clinic.”

“Subsidised flu vaccinations are also available for priority groups at GPs and pharmacies through the Commonwealth’s National Immunisation Program.”

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