ATAGI expands recommendation for winter Covid booster

Australian Medical Association

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have expanded their recommendations on the use of additional (booster) doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 16 to 64 who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe COVID-19 illness and people with disability with significant or complex health needs, will be recommended to receive a winter booster vaccination dose from 30 May 2022.

Healthy people aged 16 to 64 who do not have a risk factor for severe disease and who have received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine are not recommended to receive a winter booster dose at this time. This includes health care workers and pregnant women who do not have other risk factors.

The advice builds on the ATAGI recommendation on 25 March 2022 for an additional winter booster dose (fourth dose) for most people in high-risk groups, including: people aged 65 years and above, residents of aged care or disability care facilities, people with severe immunocompromise, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or above.

Further information regarding the expanded recommendation for winter COVID-19 booster as well as the full list of people who are now recommended to receive a fourth dose can be found here.

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