ATAGI update following weekly COVID-19 meeting – 20 July 2022

An update from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) following their weekly meeting on 20 July 2022.

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Latest recommendation updates

ATAGI have not published any updated advice or recommendations since 7 July 2022.

Recent ATAGI considerations

On Wednesday 20 July 2022, ATAGI met to consider the latest developments relating to COVID-19 immunisation. As of 19 July 2022, over 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Australia.

ATAGI received a presentation on the World Health Organisation Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (WHO TAG-CO-VAC) current considerations in relation to emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern (VOC) and the impact on the performance of COVID-19 vaccines.

Impact of COVID-19 vaccination on children aged 6 months to 4 years

ATAGI note on 19 July 2022 the Therapeutic Goods Administration provisionally approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (SPIKEVAX) for use in children from 6 months of age.

ATAGI have continued reviewing data on the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on children aged 6 months to <5 years, including the burden of disease in this age group in both Australian and international contexts.

ATAGI will provide advice to the Minister for Health on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in this age group in due course.

Ongoing review of adverse events and safety information

The TGA Fortnightly Report provides a detailed breakdown of adverse events following immunisation, including Australian rates of myocarditis and pericarditis.

Resources and recent statements

More information can be found in the following resources:

More information can be found on the Department of Health and Aged Care website, with resources for both providers and patients.

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