The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated its COVID-19 booster advice for 2023, saying a new booster is recommended for Australians who are at risk or over 65 years of age.
“ATAGI recommends a 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for [those identified] if their last COVID-19 vaccine dose or confirmed infection (whichever is the most recent) was 6 months ago or longer, and regardless of the number of prior doses received,” the group said as part of its new advice.
This new recommendation is dated 8 February 2023 and replaces all previous ATAGI COVID-19 booster advice.
ATAGI continued on to say that “All Adults aged 18-64 years without risk factors for severe COVID-19” should consider a 2023 COVID-19 booster if they’ve not had one within the last 6 months.
“Administration of a 2023 COVID-19 booster dose should aim to occur before June 2023 and at a time of 6 months or greater following the most recent COVID-19 vaccine dose or confirmed infection,” added the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
“The Australian Government has accepted this advice and will include the 2023 booster dose for recommended people in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program from 20 February 2023,” the AMA continued.
COTA Victoria’s COVID-19 resources for older Victorians can be found here.
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