Monday, September 26, 2022

Booster expanded to 12 to 15 year olds


The medical regulator on Friday recommended that children aged 12 to 15 get a third shot six months after their first two, even if they have received the approved vaccine as their primary course.

A TGA spokesman said the review of foreign vaccine data was harsh in deciding whether to go ahead with the booster.

“Regulatory approval of booster doses for this age group has also been granted in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States,” he said.

“The TGA continues to work closely with international regulators to collaboratively review COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, while aligning regulatory approaches, sharing information and where it accelerates evaluation.

“Australians can rest assured that the TGA review process for this vaccine was rigorous and of the highest standard.”

Previously, only people 16 and older have been able to receive their booster.

As a precaution, the TGA said it will actively monitor the safety of the vaccine in all age groups both in Australia and overseas and will take action if concerns are identified.

Final approval decision from ATAGI is expected within days.

As of Friday, about 70 percent of the eligible population aged 16 and over had received their booster.

The rollout for a fourth dose or second booster began on Monday for the elderly and vulnerable before a cold.

Experts have warned that the coming months could see a surge in infections, as well as the country’s first major flu season since the start of the pandemic.

Winter Booster will be launched for those 65 and over, Indigenous Australians over 50, those in aged and disability care facilities, and those who are immunocompromised.

Meanwhile another regulatory body, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, has recommended the PBS list of COVID-19 drugs nirmatrelvir and ritonavir.

The former is an oral treatment that inhibits the SARS-CoV-2 protein to stop the replication of the virus and is used to treat people at high risk of progression to a severe or severe stage.

Ritonavir slows down the breakdown of nirmaltravir to help it stay in the body longer and in higher concentrations.

Latest 24-hour COVID-19 data from across Australia:

NSW: 17,597 cases, 10 deaths, 1437 in hospital, 47 in ICU

Victoria: 9610 cases, seven deaths, 366 in hospital, 15 in ICU

Queensland: 8687 cases, two deaths, 480 in hospital, 16 in ICU

Western Australia: 6566 cases, three deaths, 236 in hospital, eight in ICU

South Australia: 4777 cases, one death, 201 in hospital, 13 in ICU

Tasmania: 1803 cases, no deaths, 38 in hospital, one in ICU

ACT: 959 cases, one death, 62 in hospital, three in ICU

Northern Region: 471 cases, no deaths, 24 in hospital, none in ICU

© AAP 2022

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