Australia To Recommend Fourth COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) said it will recommend a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 65 years old.

ATAGI advised the fourth dose, particularly to the older people who are at high risk of several diseases ahead of the winter season.

“The development of this advice is based on a thorough review of all the current and emerging evidence on COVID-19 booster doses, including data on effectiveness, waning of immunity, international program settings, national vaccination coverage, and operational flexibility where appropriate,” ATAGI reported.

In February, Australia required three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) reported Thursday that Australia has recorded 12.5 million boosters or third booster shots as of March 20. TGA added that it is monitoring the safety of booster shots in adults.

Australia’s Department of Health has received 5,700 reports of suspected adverse effects of a third or booster dose, but TGA said the data do not suggest safety concerns regarding booster shots.

ATAGI said it is finalizing the advice to the Ministry of Health.

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