COVID-19 Vaccination

Winter booster eligibility expanded

ATAGI has updated its recommendations for a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce severe disease from the emerging surge of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariant infections, and to reduce the burden on Australian hospitals and the healthcare system in coming months.

The updated recommendations are:

  • Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
  • The interval recommended between a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection or the first booster dose and a winter booster dose is now 3 months.

ATAGI emphasises that people previously eligible for a winter booster dose remain at higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and should receive a winter booster dose as soon as possible. They include:

  • all adults aged 65 years or older
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older
  • people who are severely immunocompromised (this will be their fifth dose)
  • people aged 16 years or older with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
  • people aged 16 years or older with disability, significant or complex health needs, or multiple comorbidities which increase the risk of a poor outcome.

ATAGI emphasises that individuals who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2, irrespective of which variant it may have been, should continue to receive recommended vaccine doses, after an interval of 3 months, as prior infection alone will not provide sufficient protection against severe disease.

https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-updated-recommendations-for-a-winter-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine


Lockridge Medical Centre is offering the following COVID-19 vaccinations:

Pfizer/Comirnaty

Primary Adult vaccinations for 12 year old and over 2 doses 3-6 weeks apart

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-comirnaty-pfizer-covid-19-vaccinePrimary

Child vaccinations for 5-11 year olds 2 doses 8 weeks apart

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-pfizer-information-and-consent-form-for-parents-and-guardians-of-children-aged-5-to-11-years

Novavax

Novavax has been approved as a primary vaccine for COVID vaccination for individuals 18 and over given 2 doses 3 weeks apart.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-nuvaxovid-novavax-covid-19-vaccine

COVID Vaccine Boosters

COVID vaccine boosters are now recommended 3 months following your 2nd primary vaccine dose.

We are offering Pfizer/Comirnaty for individuals aged 16 years and over and Novavax booster vaccines for 18 years and over

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-your-vaccination/booster-doses

For more information go to:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/covid-19-vaccination-patient-resources

Exemptions for COVID vaccination

Medical Exemptions for COVID vaccination are limited and can only be granted for the following reasons:

1) Permanent Exemption

  • Previous anaphylaxis to vaccine or vaccine component. Reaction to one class of vaccine does not preclude a different vaccine

2) Temporary Exemption

  • Acute major medical condition eg undergoing major surgery or hospital admission for another serious condition
  • For mRNA COVID-19 vaccines: Inflammatory cardiac illness in the previous 6 months eg myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis, acute rheumatic fever or acute decompensated cardiac failure
  • For all COVID-19 vaccines: PCR confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection until complete recovery from the acute illness (which may be up to 6 months)
  • For all COVID-19 vaccines: Serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine without another cause identified. An event is considered serious if it requires hospitalisation  or results in persistent or significant disability/incapacity.

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Please do not ask for an exemption if you do not have one of the above conditions.

 

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