Certain group of Aussies to be offered third Covid jab

·News Reporter
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A select group of Australians could be just months away from receiving their third dose of coronavirus vaccine.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group met on Friday to discuss introducing the third jab for vulnerable Australians aged 12 and older, with Moderna and Pfizer considered the best options for “individuals who are severely immunocompromised”. 

That includes, by definition, people with HIV and other conditions including blood cancer.

A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Australia's first drive through vaccination centre in the outer Melbourne suburb of Melton.
A man receives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Melbourne's suburb of Melton via a drive-thru clinic. Source: Getty Images

The recommendation is that the third dose would be given two to three months after the second. ATAGI did not recommend a fourth dose “at this time”.

“An mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is preferred to Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) for this third dose,” ATAGI said.

“AstraZeneca can be used for the third dose for individuals who have received AstraZeneca for their first two doses if there are no contraindications or precautions for use, or if a significant adverse reaction has occurred after a previous mRNA vaccine dose which contraindicates further doses of mRNA vaccine.”

It is not clear when the third doses will be distributed.

But Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told Sky News on Friday booster shots could be available for people by the end of the year.

Further advice will be provided by ATAGI on the general population receiving a third shot at some point in the near future.

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