COVID19 vaccine booster shot recommendations – XBB.1.5
We have been advised that HHMP will have the new Covid Vaccine Pfizer (XBB.1.5) monovalent Omicron vaccine available to give to our patients as from Monday December 11th.
This new vaccine is believed to provide modest improved protection against the COVID 19 strains currently circulating.
ATAGI have also provided the following recommendations in regards to this new vaccine:
- All adults aged 75 years and over should receive an additional 2023 Covid vaccine dose if 6 months have passed since their last dose.
- All adults aged 65 to 74 years should consider an additional 2023 Covid 19 vaccine dose if 6 months have passed since their last dose, after discussion with their GP.
- All adults aged 18 to 64 years who are Severely Immunocompromised should consider an additional 2023 Covid 19 vaccine dose if 6 months have passed since their last dose, after discussion with their GP.
- For younger people or older adults (18 – 64) without severe immunocompromise who have already had a dose in 2023, no further doses are currently recommended.
Patients over 50 years of age or over, as well as those who are immunocompromised or those with serious chronic conditions may be eligible for antiviral medications after testing positive for COVID-19. While such antivirals can help with recovery from infection, they are not a replacement for vaccination. If you test positive, you need to contact your GP ASAP to see if you eligible for antivirals and try and start these medications as soon as possible.
Shingles vaccine update
Supplies for the Shingles vaccine for eligible patients have been limited. HHMP only receives 15 doses per month. We currently have a waiting list. If you would like to be added to this list please contact our nurses.
Making a booster booking
If you would like to make a booking please click the book now button above or use the AMS connect App.
For the latest information please see the Australian Immunisation Handbook. if you would like further information or to clarify a specific situation please call the clinic and select the option to “speak to a nurse”.