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Huge change to fourth Covid doses in Australia after ATAGI recommendation

Huge change to fourth Covid jabs in Australia to affect more than 1.5M Aussies – so will YOU get one?

Australia’s peak vaccine advisory group has announced a further 1.5million Aussies are now eligible to get a fourth dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 

People aged between 16 and 64 with cancers, diabetics on medication, and those with heart, lung, liver or kidney disease can now book a fourth shot on or after May 30.

Other conditions making people eligible include severe obesity and those with a ‘chronic neurological disease’.

Interim Health Minister Katy Gallagher’s announcement is based on recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

It expands on advice from March that people over 65 and those with existing health conditions or disabilities can get a fourth dose.

The new advice also frames the vaccine update as a ‘winter booster vaccination dose’.

Affected people aged between 16 and 64 can begin receiving the extra shot from May 30. 

Previously those eligible included were people aged 65 years and above, aged care or disability care residents and people severely immunocompromised.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or above were also eligible. 

More to follow 

Who can get 4th Covid-19 vaccine? 

People who are now recommended to receive a fourth dose include people with: 

  • Immunocompromising conditions
  • Cancers 
  • Specific chronic inflammatory conditions. 
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Severe chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Diabetes requiring medication
  •  Chronic cardiac disease.
  • People with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities which increase risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19
  • Severe obesity
  • Severe underweight

 Source: ATAGI