Kyabram Free Press
Green light for booster jabs
COVID-19 booster shots for the general public are expected to soon get the green light from Australia’s medical regulator.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration's vaccine committee was meeting on Monday to discuss whether to formally approve the top-up shots.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation was also due to examine the matter before providing advice to the government.
While the COVID-19 boosters have been made available for severely immunocompromised Australians, they have yet to be approved for the general public.
The medical regulator will be considering data surrounding booster shots from overseas before a final decision is made.
The head of Australia’s vaccine rollout said it was likely MRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, would be predominantly used for the third vaccine doses.
Lieutenant General John Frewen said he expected Australians in aged care, disability care and frontline health services would be among the first to receive top-up jabs once approval was granted.
“We expect it will recommend probably between six to 12 months when people should consider having a booster shot,” Mr Frewen said on Monday.
It comes as Australia’s vaccine rollout continued to climb, with more than 126,000 doses administered on Sunday.
The latest vaccine figures show more than 73 per cent of Australians over 16 are fully vaccinated while 86.8 per cent have received their first dose. For 12-to-15-year-olds, 34.5 per cent are fully vaccinated while almost two-thirds have had one dose.
Western Australia is now the only jurisdiction to have a double-dose rate of below 60 per cent.