Australians WILL get booster dose of Covid vaccine as Greg Hunt plots new timeline – here’s what you need to know
Australian vaccine scientists have recommended booster shots for severely immunocompromised Australians over the age of 12.
They will receive a third shot of Pfizer between two and six months after their second dose, regardless of the brand of vaccine they had previously.
No recommendation has yet been made for booster shots for the general population.
Health Secretary Greg Hunt will announce further details at a press conference at 11:45 a.m. AEDT.
Australian vaccine scientists have recommended booster shots for severely immunocompromised Australians. Pictured: Dr. Jamal Rifi administers Pfizer vaccine at Belmore Sports Ground vaccination center in Sydney’s west
Immunocompromised people include those who have had an organ transplant and some cancer patients.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization said in a statement Friday: “ATAGI recommends a 3rd dose of Covid-19 vaccine as part of the primary course in individuals with severely immunocompromised.
‘This is to address the risk of sub-optimal or non-response to the standard 2 dose regimen.
“The third dose aims to bring the immune response as close as possible to the general population.”