TGA approves Pfizer booster shots for all adults ahead of schedule

By: Lisa Visentin

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has provisionally approved a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Australians 18 years and older.

It means that booster shots (a third dose) will be available at least six months after the completion of a COVID-19 vaccine primary series.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the TGA said the booster could be used in conjunction with any of the COVID-19 vaccines registered for use in Australia, although data on the use of Pfizer as a booster with other COVID-19 vaccines “is more limited”.

“In addition, consistent with [Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation] advice, the TGA Product Information (PI) also now includes a statement that a third dose may be given to severely immunocompromised people aged 12 years and over at least 28 days after the second dose.”

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the booster program will begin no later than November 8, pending final advice from ATAGI, with Australians in aged care and disability a priority.

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