Bivalent Pfizer Original/Omicron BA.4/5 and Moderna Original/Omicron BA.4/5 COVID vaccines are available at our practice.
To protect the community against coronavirus and prevent serious illness or death from COVID19, get vaccinated today!
The current ATAGI recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination are as follows:
- Primary vaccination:
- All people aged 5 years and older should receive a primary course of 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Bivalent vaccines (those that target both the original COVID-19 strain and the Omicron variant) are preferred over original (ancestral-based) vaccines.
- The minimum interval between doses is 14 days, but an interval of 8 weeks is preferred.
- Booster vaccination:
- All adults aged 65 years and older should receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in early 2023.
- Adults aged 18 to 64 years who have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, or disability with significant or complex health needs, should also receive a booster dose in early 2023.
- Other adults aged 18 to 64 may consider a booster dose in early 2023, based on an individual risk–benefit assessment with their immunisation provider.
- Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years who have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, or disability with significant or complex health needs may consider a booster dose in early 2023
The ATAGI also recommends that people who are severely immunocompromised should receive a third primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of their age.
These recommendations are subject to change as new evidence becomes available. You should always talk to your doctor about the best vaccination schedule for you.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about COVID-19 vaccination:
- Vaccination is safe and effective. The COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
- Vaccination can help protect you from long COVID. There is some evidence that vaccination may help protect you from long COVID, a condition that can cause a range of symptoms that can last for months or even years after you have COVID-19.
- Vaccination is not 100% effective. No vaccine is 100% effective, but the COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
- You can still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated. However, if you do get COVID-19 after being vaccinated, you are less likely to get sick and less likely to spread the virus to others.
If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccination, please talk to your doctor.
Book online or call our friendly reception team for your COVID-19 vaccination today!