ATAGI expands fourth COVID vaccine dose eligibility

More people should receive a fourth 'winter' dosage of COVID-19 vaccination

According to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

The association stated in a statement released Wednesday afternoon that an additional winter booster is now recommended for a larger group of people

People with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe disease (see list below) as well as individuals with a disability who have extensive or complicated health needs

 Many comorbidities that enhance the likelihood of poor COVID-19 results are now eligible under the new guidance.

The organisation also stated that the additional winter dosages should be given three months after a confirmed COVID-19 infection has resolved.

In March, ATAGI suggested a fourth dose for all people over the age of 65, as well as all residents of aged and disabled care facilities

Regardless of their age. That proposal also includes persons aged 16 and up with significant immunocompromise

As well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and above.

'We need more money and support for general practise teams, and it's vital to remember that this will allow more practises to offer immunisation clinics after hours and on weekends.'

This would be a good start for the government and a strong signal that they are thinking about GPs and their dedicated general practise team