Covid booster injections will be available in Australia next week but not mandatory – .

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Covid booster injections will be available in Australia next week but not mandatory – .


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A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine will soon be rolled out in Australia, but the government has said a third vaccine will not become mandatory.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed that a request from Pfizer is currently with the TGA for approval of a third dose – with jabs taking off as early as the end of next week.

‘We are ready. We are able to start and make sure that that extra protection is provided, ”Mr. Hunt said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt (pictured) said third doses of Pfizer vaccine would soon be distributed to Australians

Australia is said to be the second country in the world to offer booster vaccines against Covid, with Israel offering a third dose to anyone over 12 years old (Photo: Bunnings vaccination center in Queensland)

A spokesperson for Mr Hunt’s office told Daily Mail Australia that a third injection would not be mandatory and the government would maintain the policy that a person is fully vaccinated at two doses – so a booster would not be will not be required for international travel.

Australia’s announcement follows Pfizer’s publication of the results of the first booster dose trials which found that a third jab increased protection by more than 95.6% compared to two doses.

“If you are doubly vaccinated you are fully vaccinated and the protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death is very strong, but a booster is exactly as the name suggests – it is extra protection,” he said. Mr Hunt said.

“The purpose of the booster is to improve your immunity and therefore improve national immunity and reduce national transmission. “

Israel is currently the only country in the world to have deployed a third dose of the Covid vaccine to its population.

The third jab was originally offered to over 60s in July, but is now available to anyone over 12.

Mr Hunts's office said the person was still considered "fully vaccinated" in two doses and would not need a third dose for international travel (pictured: Sydney airport in July)

Mr Hunts’s office said the person was still considered ‘fully vaccinated’ in 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 nationwide recall program, so this week the TGA is looking at the final data from Pfizer,” he said.

A third blow should be deployed among vulnerable groups, followed by the general population.

A booster dose for Moderna is also expected to be available soon, however, there are currently no manufacturer requests submitted with the TGA at this time.

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