COVID continues to impact Aussies

The Australian Government has accepted the latest advice from from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the National COVID-19 Vaccine Program for 2024.

6 March 2024

 

COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact across the community. The best protection against severe disease, is to keep up to date with vaccinations.

 

Minister for Health Mark Butler said “Vaccination remains the most important measure to protect against the risk of severe disease from COVID-19.

 

“COVID-19 vaccines are available every 6 months for older people and adults with severe immunocompromise, and an annual vaccine dose for other adults.

 

“Adults aged 75 years and over are the most vulnerable to severe disease and are strongly encouraged to come forward for a booster dose if it has been more than 6 months from their last dose.

 

“COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered with other vaccines, like the annual influenza vaccine.

 

“COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available free of charge and are widely available through general practices and pharmacies.”

 

Adults 65 years and over, or aged 18-64 who are severely immunocompromised, are eligible to receive a booster dose every 6 months.

 

All other adults are eligible to get a booster dose every 12 months.

 

Children aged 5 to 17 who are severely immunocompromised can receive a single dose this year.

 

Teenagers and children who are in good health do not need a booster dose in 2024, due to the low incidence of severe illness and high level of hybrid immunity amongst this group.

 

The COVID-19 booster can be administered at the same time as the annual influenza shot.

 

As with all vaccinations, people are encouraged to discuss the vaccine options available to them with their health practitioner. If the required 6 or 12 months has passed since your last vaccination, you are encouraged to come forward for another booster.

 

To find a local COVID-19 vaccine provider please visit australian-health-services.

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