ATAGI update following weekly COVID-19 meeting – 24 August 2022

An update from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) following their weekly meeting on 24 August 2022.

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Latest recommendation updates

Recent ATAGI considerations

On Wednesday 24 August 2022, ATAGI met to consider the latest developments relating to COVID-19 immunisation. As of 22 August, 63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Australia.

Novavax COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12-17 years

On 28 July 2022 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved Nuvaxovid (Novavax) COVID-19 vaccine (Biocelect Pty Ltd/Novavax Inc) for use in adolescents aged 12-17 years.

ATAGI has evaluated data on immunogenicity, efficacy, safety, and in international settings to make recommendations on the use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in this age group.

The Australian Government has accepted advice from ATAGI that adolescents aged 12-17 years can receive the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for their primary course of COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, see the ATAGI recommendations on use of Novavax vaccine for adolescents aged 12-17 years.

Adolescents aged 12-17 years will be able to book in to receive Novavax COVID-19 vaccine from 5 September 2022.

Consideration of variant vaccines

As part of an ongoing review of current and emerging data from both Australia and international settings, ATAGI examined information with respect to the future role of COVID-19 variant vaccines in Australia’s vaccine program, including Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax Bivalent Zero/Omicron.

ATAGI continue to emphasise the importance of remaining up to date with the COVID-19 vaccinations recommended for your age or individual health needs.

Ongoing review of COVID-19 vaccine safety

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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