The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated advice today that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred for people aged 59 years and below and AstraZeneca for people aged 60 years and over.
Throughout COVID-19, the ACT Government has listened to the advice of health experts, including the Therapeutic Goods Administration and ATAGI. We will be updating the ACT vaccine program to reflect this change in advice.
The COVID-19 booking line will no longer be accepting appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 50-59 years from today.
ACT Health will be contacting 50 to 59-year-olds who have an appointment for an AstraZeneca vaccine at an ACT Government clinic.
The priority over the coming days will be to reschedule these people for a Pfizer appointment.
If you are 50 to 59-years-old and have already received your first dose of AstraZeneca without any serious adverse events, you are encouraged to attend your existing appointment for your second dose of AstraZeneca.
Following this change in advice, we are working to update the ACT vaccine program. This includes working with the Commonwealth Government to confirm supply availability and working through the capacity of our vaccination clinics.
We are asking any ACT resident aged 50-59 years who has not yet booked a vaccine appointment to be patient while we work through these changes.
When we are in the position to open more appointments to this age group, we will let the community know. In the meantime, if you are aged 50-59 years please do not contact the COVID-19 booking line.
We will continue to provide updated information and advice to the community as it becomes available.
Delivering a safe and effective vaccine program remains a priority for the ACT Government.