Moderna Covid vaccine approved for use as booster injection in Australia
BREAKING: Second Covid vaccine approved for use as booster injection in Australia
- The Moderna vaccine is approved for booster shots in Australia
- Anyone over 18 can get the shot as a third six months after their second
- So far, only the Pfizer vaccine has been used as a booster injection
The Moderna vaccine is approved for booster shots in Australia.
Anyone over the age of 18 can receive the shot as the third injection, at least six months after the second.
Until now, only the Pfizer vaccine has been used as a booster injection.
The Moderna vaccine is approved for booster shots in Australia. Pictured: A vaccination in Sydney
It comes after Australia’s top scientists decided that vaccine booster doses will not be pushed forward to tackle the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said there was “no evidence” that narrowing the gap between the second and third doses would help.
The UK has put forward its booster program to dispense third injections three months after the second doses. But Australia is sticking to the six-month gap.
“There is no evidence to suggest that an earlier booster dose of current Covid-19 vaccines will increase protection against the Omicron variant,” Professor Kelly said Friday after top scientists reviewed the options at the request of Health Secretary Greg Hunt.
Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison gets his booster shot in Sydney on November 19
Professor Kelly previously said the UK wanted to accelerate its booster program as it heads into winter, but Australia is still months away from cold weather.
He said early data from South Africa shows that the Omicron variant appears to be more transmissible than the currently dominant Delta strain, but no more deadly.
The strain “definitely replaces Delta in South Africa as the main Covid-19 virus,” he said.
But “they have no real evidence of an increase in severity at the moment… even the hospitalizations they see with the Omicron variant are no more severe than in previous waves.”
The Omicron variant was identified in South Africa last month, forcing countries to close their borders to a handful of countries in southern Africa.
It is the most mutated variant to date with 50 mutations.
Australia has postponed the planned reopening of the border to foreign students and skilled migrants by two weeks until December 15 as a precaution.