News is coming through that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australians 18 years and older.
This is the vaccine that will be used (at least initially) to immunise the majority of our patients staring in March 2021.
We can be assured that the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy, mean that the vaccine is safe. The Government has decided that it will be provided without cost (free) to all Australian residents.
Two doses will be required. Based on all the available evidence the TGA determined that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be safely administered 4-12 weeks apart. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has recommended that to get the very best immune response, ensure the most effective clinical protection and maximise broader community coverage, the vaccine should be administered 12 weeks (3 months) apart.
This vaccine will be available from your GP in Mt Gravatt. At Reydon Street Medical Centre we plan to immunise our patients once supplies become available. We will continue to keep patients informed by our website and Facebook page.
Queensland Health has reminded everyone to please remember:
- if you have symptoms of COVID-19 YOU MUST get tested and stay at home until your test returns a negative result
- to regularly wash your hands and disinfect your phone
- to maintain physical distancing especially at work.