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Australia’s TGA nod for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for persons 18 or above

Vaccine vial. Stock photo: By Ali Raza/Pixabay

Canberra, Oct 27 (MNN) Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 18 and older.

The TGA approval means that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been found safe and effective to boost protection for individuals aged 18 and older through a third booster dose provided at least six months after the completion of a COVID-19 vaccine primary course of two doses.

The primary course can be of any of the COVID-19 vaccine registered for use in Australia.

Medical advice is that people remain fully vaccinated with two doses of TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. Commencement of booster doses will provide additional protection for Australians.

As with all COVID-19 vaccines, final advice on the rollout of boosters will be provided to the government by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Subject to final ATAGI advice, it is expected that a general population booster programme will commence no later than November 8 with original priority groups, including people in aged care and disability care settings, to be offered the option to receive a booster as a priority.

The Government also expects that Moderna will shortly apply to the TGA for registration of booster doses for their vaccine.

With over 151 million Pfizer, Novavax and Moderna vaccines already secured for supply into the future, the Australia government said it is well prepared to provide booster doses as approvals are provided by the medical experts.

Over 34.6 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date in Australia, with over 87 per cent of eligible persons aged 16 and older getting the first dose and over 74 per cent the second dose.

Since October 11, Australians who are severely immunocompromised have been able to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to boost their protection against COVID-19 to the highest level.

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