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Aussies can now get Omicron-fighting Covid booster five months after second jab

Huge booster change as Aussies ‘can now get Omicron-fighting top-up FIVE months after their second jab instead of six – with an extra 1.5M people now eligible from tomorrow’

  • Health authorities change their advice on Covid boosters as Omicron spreads
  • Australians will be able to get their booster shot five months after second jab 
  • The change means 1.5 million Australians will be eligible for booster Sunday










Australians will reportedly be able to for their first Covid booster shot just five months after their second jab with the mandatory waiting period brought forward from six months.

The move by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation means 1.5 million Australian will be eligible to get their third dose from Sunday, along with a further 2 million by Chirstmas.

The vaccine regulator brought the waiting period forward for those aged over 18, as cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant continue to surge in Australia.

Australians will reportedly be able to for their first Covid booster shot just five months after their second dose

Australians will reportedly be able to for their first Covid booster shot just five months after their second dose

The Daily Telegraph reported ATAGI will recommend that Moderna and Pfizer can be administered as a boosters regardless of which vaccine the patient initially received.

Booster Covid jabs have been proven to offer 75 per cent protection against mild illness caused by the super-mutant Omicron strain, according to government data in the UK.

Experts are confident that three doses will provide significantly greater immunity against severe illness and death from the highly-evolved strain now causing concern across the globe.

In people who had their second dose more than three months ago, effectiveness against symptomatic disease could be lower than 40 per cent for Pfizer and virtually zero for AstraZeneca. 

Mr Morrison on Friday said he would be discussing accelerating the booster shots with state and territory leaders at National Cabinet.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) flagged Covid boosters shots could be brought forward in the fight against the new Omicron strain of the disease

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) flagged Covid boosters shots could be brought forward in the fight against the new Omicron strain of the disease

‘We are continuing to review the evidence about how that time period for the booster shot might be able to be reduced,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘We’re working with the medical experts on those issues.’ 

He added: ‘I want to encourage Australians, if you’re eligible for your booster, go and get it.’

But the move to speed up the booster programme comes just a week after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation had initially ruled it out – only to backtrack on their advice.

Booster Covid jabs have been proven to offer 75 per cent protection against mild illness caused by the super-mutant Omicron strain

Booster Covid jabs have been proven to offer 75 per cent protection against mild illness caused by the super-mutant Omicron strain 

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said last Friday there was no evidence to show a benefit to speeding up that cycle, despite the new Omicron variant.

‘Is [Omicron] more severe? We don’t know yet. But at the moment, there is the evidence that it’s mild or the same,’ he said in Canberra.

‘It is only in the last few weeks this has been circulating in South Africa and elsewhere. They are seeing a rise in hospitalisations there. 

‘But even hospitalisations they are seeing with the Omicron variant are not any more severe than previous.’  

Experts are confident that three doses will provide significantly greater immunity against severe illness and death from the highly-evolved strain now causing concern across the globe

Experts are confident that three doses will provide significantly greater immunity against severe illness and death from the highly-evolved strain now causing concern across the globe 

It comes as ATAGI also signed off the Pfizer vaccine rollout for children aged 5-11 from next month, but the PM stressed parents would decide if their child would be jabbed. 

Pfizer vaccines to be given to children contain one-third of the standard dose. 

‘This is another important step forward in our vaccination program,’ said the PM on Friday.

‘There are no more important decisions that you make, then those you make about the health and wellbeing of your children.’

Mr Morrison said the approval of vaccines for younger children would come as a relief to parents.

‘They can have peace of mind knowing this has the tick from the best medical regulators in the world,’ he said.  

ATAGI has now signed off the Pfizer vaccine rollout for children aged 5-11 from next month, but the PM stressed parents would decide if their child would be jabbed

ATAGI has now signed off the Pfizer vaccine rollout for children aged 5-11 from next month, but the PM stressed parents would decide if their child would be jabbed



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