Forest Hill Family Clinic wants to ensure you have the latest news…
- The Australian Government COVID-19 vaccination program commenced on 22 February using Comirnaty (also called BNT162b2), developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. This mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was provisionally approved for use in Australia in January 2021.
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has also given provisional approval to the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine, called COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. This is a viral vector vaccine, and it is likely to be rolled out from early March 2021.
- The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has provided clinical guidance on the use of both these vaccines.
- The government has also made commitments to support access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.