Covid booster shots to be available to ALL Australians from next week- but government says a triple-vax will NOT become mandatory
- Australia is set to roll out a third Pfizer vaccine jab to the entire population
- Health Minister Greg Hunt said the TGA was currently assessing the booster jab
- This would make Australia the second country in the world to triple-vaccinate
- Only two vaccine doses would be needed for international travel
A Pfizer vaccine booster dose will soon be rolled out to Australia, but the government says a third jab will not become mandatory.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed an application from Pfizer is currently with the TGA for approval of a third dose – with jabs going into arms as early as the end of next week.
‘We’re ready. We’re in a position to commence and, and to make sure that that additional protection is provided,’ Mr Hunt said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt (pictured) said third Pfizer vaccine doses would soon be rolled out to Australians
Australia would be the second country in the world to offer booster Covid vaccines with Israel offering a third dose to everyone over 12 (pictured: a Bunnings vaccine hub in Queensland)
A spokesperson for Mr Hunt’s office told Daily Mail Australia a third shot will not be mandatory, and the government will retain the policy that a person is fully vaccinated at two doses – so a booster jab will not be needed for international travel.
Australia’s announcement follows Pfizer releasing the results of first trials of booster doses which found that a third jab increased protection by more than 95.6 per cent compared to two doses.
‘If you’re double vaccinated, you’re fully vaccinated, and the protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and death is very strong, however a booster is exactly as the name implies — it’s additional protection,’ Mr Hunt said.
‘The purpose of the booster is it improves your immunity and it improves, as a result, national immunity and reduces national transmission.’
Israel is currently the only country in the world to have rolled out a third Covid vaccine dose across its population.
The third jabs were initially offered to over 60s in July but are now available to anyone over 12.
Mr Hunts office said s person is still considered ‘fully vaccinated’ at two doses and would not need a third dose for international travel (pictured: Sydney airport in July)
‘We would be, after Israel, one of the first nations in the world to have a whole-of-nation booster program, so this week the TGA is considering the final data from Pfizer,’ he said.
A third jab is expected to be rolled out to vulnerable groups first followed by the wider population.
A booster dose for Moderna is also expected to be available soon, however, there is currently no application from the manufacturer submitted with the TGA yet.
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