COVID-19 'Winter Booster' update

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COVID-19 vaccine 'Winter booster' dose

Commencing April 1st, ATAGI recommended certain groups of the Australian population receive an additonal 'booster dose' (ie. 4th dose - or 5th, if you are severely immunocompromised and received 3 doses as your 'primary course') at least 4 months following your first booster dose. These population groups are considered to be at the greatest risk of severe illness, and include:

  • 65 yrs +
  • 16 yrs + & severely immunocompromised
  • Aged care / disability care residents
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Updated advice from 25/05/2022

As of late May, ATAGI has now expanded the vaccine eligibility for the 'Winter booster' to include more Australians aged between 16 and 64 years old. People in the following groups are also likely to have an ongoing increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection, even after primary vaccination. Therefore, ATAGI is recommending these people get this dose as soon as possible (>4 months following your first ‘booster’):

Patients who have had cancer within the past 5 yrs

  • THOSE ON CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIOTHERAPY, OR IMMUNOTHERAPY
  • ANTI-CANCER THERAPY (active treatment or recently completed)
  • ADVANCED DISEASE
  • SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER

Patients with chronic inflammatory conditions

  • LUPUS
  • RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
  • CHROHN'S DISEASE
  • ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Patients with chronic lung disease

  • COPD
  • CYSTIC FIBROSIS
  • SEVERE ASTHMA
Patients with chronic liver disease
  • CIRRHOSIS
  • AUTO-IMMUNE HEPATITIS
  • NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE
  • ALCOHOLIC LIVER DISEASE

Patients with severe chronic kidney disease

Patients with chronic neurological disease

  • STROKE
  • DEMENTIA
  • MOTOR NEURON DISEASE
  • PARKINSONS DISEASE
  • MYASTHENIA GRAVIS
  • MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
  • CEREBRAL PALSY
  • EPILEPSY

Patients with Diabetes requiring medication

Patients with chronic cardiac disease

  • ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE
  • VALVULAR HEART DISEASE
  • CONGESTIVE CARDIAC FAILUER
  • CARDIOMYOPATHIES
  • POORLY CONROLLED HYPERTENSION
  • PULMONARY HYPERTENSION

Patients with severe obesity, BMI ≥ 40

Patients with severe underweight, BMI < 16.5

Patients with disability with significant or complex health needs

Remember, if you have had a confirmed positive COVID-19 infection, you need to wait at least 3 months before your next eligible dose.
If you are still unsure of your eligibility, please chat with our pharmacists today!
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Full ATAGI statement on 'winter booster' doses

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