The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have issued advice recommending a winter dose of COVID 19 vaccine for vulnerable people.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended for this winter dose, which should be administered 4 months after the booster dose.
Specific groups who should get the winter dose are:
- Tasmanians who are 65 or over;
- Residents of aged or disability care facilities who are not yet 65 ;
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who are 50 or over;
- Anyone 16 or over who is severely immunocompromised – for this group the winter dose is most likely their 5th dose as their primary course was 3 doses and their booster their 4th dose.
If you are eligible, the COVID 19 winter dose can be given at the same time as the flu vax – this can be done with your GP or Pharmacy.
You can also get your COVID-19 winter dose from any of the State Clinics around Tasmania if you can’t get into your GP or local pharmacy. Eligible people can book an appointment by ringing the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. If you walk in to a state clinic rather than a GP or Pharmacy you will need to bring evidence that your last booster was at least four months ago.