From February 20, all adults who haven’t had a booster or an infection in the past six months can go out and get a booster shot

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended anyone aged 18 and over, who has not had a COVID-19 vaccine or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months, can get their latest shot from February 20.

This booster has been named the 2023 Booster.

Prior to this announcement, a 5th dose was only available in Australia for adults who were severely immunocompromised and a 4th dose was available for people aged 30 and over. 

The Minister for Health, Mark Butler, released a statement earlier today that also emphasised the following:

“The ATAGI experts have particularly recommended that everyone at risk of severe illness – that is, everyone aged 65 years and over as well as younger adults who have medical comorbidities, disability or complex health needs – have a 2023 booster dose.”

“ATAGI has advised that otherwise healthy children and teenagers do not need a booster at this time, given the low incidence of severe illness and high level of hybrid immunity amongst this cohort.”

“In all instances the recommendation for a booster is for people whose most recent COVID-19 vaccine or infection was six months or more ago, irrespective of how many prior doses that person has received.”

For this booster dose, all available COVID-19 vaccines are anticipated to provide a benefit. However, Omicron-specific mRNA booster vaccines are preferred over other vaccines. The Government has secured millions of doses of Omicron-specific boosters, with millions more arriving this month, in the largest one-month arrival since late 2021.

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