TGA approves Pfizer vaccine booster shot for all Australians aged 18 and over

Aged care residents are expected to be the first people to receive a coronavirus vaccine booster shot after the medical regulator gave the green light.

A health care worker prepares a Pfizer vaccine in the pharmacy of the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital vaccination hub in Melbourne

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be able to be administered to children aged five to 11 from 10 January next year. Source: AAP

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday gave provisional approval for Australians 18 and over to receive a top-up dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would finalise plans for the expanded rollout within the next week.

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"We'll be starting with those in the aged care facilities like we did with the vaccine program," he told the Nine Network.

People with severely compromised immune systems are already eligible for a third jab but the latest advice paves the way for the general population to receive another shot.

The TGA recommended the booster shot be given at least six months after a person's second dose.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation will provide further advice on boosters to the government shortly.

Leading epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws said third shots were proven to work well.

"There's fantastic evidence now that your booster shot really does supercharge your immune system to get that vaccine efficacy up high," she told the Nine Network.

'There are many people who will benefit from this."


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Published 27 October 2021 at 8:33am
Source: AAP, SBS