Complex, chronic, or severe medical illnesses and disabilities are now eligible for a winter COVID-19 booster dose.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) announced this week that more people at increased risk of severe COVID-19 will be eligible for a winter booster starting 30 May 2022.
This revised suggestion means that the following groups are eligible for a winter booster:
- people16-year and older in elderly or disabled care
- People 16 and older with severe immunodeficiency as described by the ATAGI statement on a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine
- Indigenous adults 50 and older.
- 16-64-year-olds with a medical condition that raises COVID-19 risk (see ATAGI advice for the full list of conditions).
- 16-64-year-olds have considerable or complicated health requirements or many comorbidities, which raises COVID-19 risk.
The additional winter booster dosage will be administered in State-run vaccination clinics without an appointment, and through partnering primary care providers such as GPs, Pharmacies, and Aboriginal Medical Services.
ATAGI advises COVID-19 positives to wait 3 months before obtaining their next immunization dosage.
Roll up for WA has further information regarding COVID-19 immunization.
According to new ATAGI advice, healthy 16- to 64-year-olds without a risk factor for severe COVID-19 should not receive a winter booster dose.