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All Australian adults can get Covid-19 booster shots from November 8

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Covid-19 vaccine booster shots will be available to all adults from Nov. 8, Scott Morrison announced.

They will be available to people who have had their second dose at least six months ago at GPs and state and regional hubs – although state governments have yet to announce when online bookings can be made.

The boosters, which are approved by the Australian drug regulator, will be the Pfizer vaccine, regardless of which injection the patient has had before.

Instead, AstraZeneca may be given if the patient has had an allergic or severe reaction to Pfizer.

Mr Morrison said states and territories will decide whether residents need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated, but boosters are not required for international travel.

All Australians over the age of 18 will be offered Covid-19 booster injections at least six months after their second dose. Pictured: A vaccination in Sydney last month

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has indicated that boosters are needed to get to the pub or sporting events in his state.

“A month before your six months are up, then you get a message and your vaccination certificate, the thing that gives you the green check, you are asked to book a time to get your booster shot,” he said Monday .

‘It could contain state clinics or it could all be done via GPs and pharmacies, that has not yet been processed. However, we like to play our part. So it’s about maintaining your vaccination status.’

This move makes Australia the second country in the world – after Israel – to offer booster shots to all ages.

The US offers them to over-65s and high-risk workers, while the UK offers third shots to residents over 55 and frontline workers.

Boosters in aged care will be rolled out Thursday and the general population will have access from Nov. 8, said Health Secretary Greg Hunt.

Why are boosters offered?

Overseas data showed that the effectiveness of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines in stopping infections decreases over time.

A UK study in August showed that two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were 88 percent effective at stopping the infection after one month, but that dropped to 74 percent after five months.

The effectiveness of AstraZeneca decreased from 77 to 67 percent.

Pfizer says the booster can restore effectiveness to 96 percent.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Kelly previously said that priority groups in phases 1a and 1b of the vaccine rollout “would be first in line as they are now six or more months after the second dose.”

These groups include quarantine and frontier workers, aged care residents and staff, health professionals, adults over 70, Aborigines over 55, younger adults with medical conditions, defense, police, fire and meat processors.

It comes after foreign data showed that the effectiveness of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines at stopping infections declined over time.

A UK study in August showed that two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were 88 percent effective at stopping the infection after one month, but that dropped to 74 percent after five months.

The effectiveness of AstraZeneca decreased from 77 to 67 percent.

Pfizer says the booster can restore effectiveness to 96 percent.

Professor John Skerritt, the drug regulator’s chief, said two doses were effective at stopping serious illness, but boosters could help stop mild infections.

“We do know that boosters can provide extra protection against mild Covid and can have an impact on transmission and we know that in the elderly and people of different shades, an extra dose is valuable,” he said.

He said mixing and matching the vaccines “gives a really good immune response.”

AstraZeneca has not applied to provide booster shots of its vaccine, but the government expects Moderna to submit an application soon.

“With more than 151 million Pfizer, Novavax and Moderna vaccines already insured for future delivery, Australia is well prepared to provide booster doses if approvals are provided by the medical experts,” said Mr Hunt.

Novavax has yet to be approved for use in Australia.

Professor Kelly said Israel’s booster shot program, which began in July, has shown third doses to be safe and effective in all age groups.

Some scientists predict that people will need a Covid vaccine once a year as the virus continues to mutate, but Professor Kelly said he hoped three doses would provide lifelong immunity.

‘A third dose is probably the last dose you should do’ [in your life]he said earlier this month.

However, Professor Skerritt said it was not clear how often boosters would be needed.

“We were not aware of the duration of the protection, so nobody knows about the duration of the protection after this booster,” he said.

Leading epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws said the third injections have been proven to work well.

“There is now fantastic evidence that your booster shot really boosts your immune system to get the vaccine’s efficacy high,” she told the Nine Network.

“There are many people who benefit from this.”

On October 8, Australian vaccine scientists recommended third vaccinations for 500,000 severely immunocompromised Australians over the age of 12.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization said it would not recommend follow-up doses after the third dose at this time.

Many immunocompromised patients who don’t respond to third doses may not respond to further doses, it said.

Panthers fan Shane Binns receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a Brisbane pop-up clinic ahead of the 2021 NRL Grand Final earlier this month

Panthers fan Shane Binns receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a Brisbane pop-up clinic ahead of the 2021 NRL Grand Final earlier this month

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