Tue. May 17th, 2022

A Pfizer job is preferred for individuals two to six months after their second dose with a minimum interval of four weeks in special circumstances.

Severe immunocompromised people who received their second dose more than six months ago should receive a new injection as soon as possible.

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ATAGI is expected to provide advice on booster shots to the wider population before the end of October.

Health Secretary Greg Hunt confirmed it would be made public.

“We have over 150 million vaccines secured for the future and therefore we are able to implement it on the time frame and the urgency and immediacy proposed by ATAGI,” he told reporters.

Booster shots will be made available to recipients of organ or stem cells, people with blood cancer and those receiving treatments that suppress their immune system.

Individuals living with HIV that are not controlled by therapy receive certain arthritis medications and those born with an immune deficiency are also included.

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ATAGI will monitor evidence of duration of protection for immunocompromised individuals and provide further advice on decreasing vaccine protection or risk from concerns.

“ATAGI will provide further advice on booster doses to healthcare professionals, elderly adults and the general population separately,” the expert panel said in a statement.

Chief Physician Paul Kelly said the general principle would be for people to receive an mRNA vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna as their third dose.

“A third dose is probably at this stage the last dose we need to do,” he said.

Australia's chief physician Paul Kelly.

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Mr Hunt has also spoken to Pfizer to once again encourage the company to submit an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration for children aged five to 11 years.

Australia has now vaccinated more than 60 per cent of the population aged 16 and over, while 81.5 per cent have received at least one dose.

The health minister said the recent rise brought Australia past the US, Israel and the EU on first dose coverage.

Victoria reported 1838 new COVID cases on Friday, the highest single-day value in any state or territory since the pandemic began.

There were a further five deaths across the state and 11 in NSW, which registered 646 new local cases.

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