As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been delayed by months, local health professionals are stressing the importance of getting the flu vaccine on time this year. They have also warned against flu vaccine complacency.
TerryWhite Chemmart Chief Pharmacist Brenton Hart recently mentioned in an interview that research suggests up to 37% of Australians aged between 18 and 49 are not planning on receiving the influenza vaccine this year. A stark contrast to 2020’s influenza vaccination rates.
The Department of Health’s advice dated 31st March 2021 also emphasised the importance of getting both vaccines. They are two different vaccines and receiving only one of the two cannot provide immunization against both conditions.
They also stated that it doesn’t matter in what order you get the vaccines as long as there is a 14 day interval between the two. However:
- If you are in earlier phases for COVID-19 vaccination, you should get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. You can then plan your flu vaccination.
- If you are in later phases for COVID-19 vaccination, you should get the flu vaccine as soon as you can. This will ensure you are ready to get your COVID‑19 vaccine when it is available to you.