Pfizer Has Been Accepted for COVID Booster Shot in Australia
People over 18 can get a COVID booster shot if they want to if six months have passed since the primary vaccination.
Australia has been doing well in meeting the vaccine targets. So, now is the time to think about booster shots. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has provisionally approved the booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all people over the age of 18. Here is what you should know about the COVID booster shot.
Pfizer COVID Booster Shot
Who is Eligible for a COVID Booster Shot?
According to the TGA, people over 18 can get a booster shot if they want to if six months have passed since the primary vaccination. It is recommended that people who got Pfizer as the key vaccine should get the Pfizer booster. It was also mentioned that the Pfizer booster is suitable for people who have had any primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved in Australia. It was also mentioned that data regarding the use of booster with a different primary vaccine series was quite limited. More details on the booster shot will be shared by The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) soon.
Are Moderna Boosters Recommended?
The Moderna COVID-19 booster is yet to be approved in Australia. Some boosters by the brand are already approved in the US and European nations. Australia has signed an agreement with Moderna, which covers 15 million doses of variant-specific versions of the vaccine. They are expected in early 2022.
Are AstraZeneca Boosters Recommended?
There is not much information available on the COVID booster shot by AstraZeneca in Australia. The booster has got approval in the UK.
Which COVID-19 Booster is Right for You?
Some research has unveiled that it might be a promising idea to mix and match COVID booster shots. ATAGI is yet to share details or advisory in this matter. The TGA said that research in this area is limited, so people should wait for health advice.
According to international approvals, it is likely that all COVID-19 boosters, be it Moderna or Pfizer, or AstraZeneca, will be recommended after six months have passed since the second dose. The Australian government is expected to share details of the booster rollout in a few days.
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