The word on the street is that there's a new COVID-19 variant in town.
BA.2.86, which is formally known as Pirola, has landed on our shores after being detected across the United Kingdom.
The federal government maintains its vaccine advice to stay current with boosters.
Here's everything you need to know about who can get you, and when you should get it.
What are the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 boosters?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization has updated the eligibility criteria for a booster.
If you have had a COVID-19 infection or vaccine for six months or more, you may be able to get a booster.
This is especially recommended for older adults, who are 75 or older.
ATAGI advises the following groups to consider an additional COVID-19 dose: ATAGI recommends the following groups to consider an additional dose of COVID-19:
The vaccine will likely benefit individuals with medical comorbidities, disabled with significant or complex health needs, or reside in a residential aged care facility.
When do I need to get a booster?
If your COVID-19 vaccine was at least six months ago, you should get a booster.
This is irrespective of the number of doses you've received.
If you have special circumstances that require a vaccine earlier than the recommended six-month window, you may be able to get a vaccine earlier than the recommended six-month window.
What kind of vaccine should I get?
Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines offer more protection against the various COVID-19 variants because they are designed to be targeted.
For people over the age of 12 they prefer their original versions over their original versions. What are the various types of clothing available in Australia for the age group:
The Pfizer Bivalent BA.1 vaccine is available to adults over the age of 18, but is limited to adults over the age of 18 only.
It is important to note that not all clinics will have all these vaccines on offer.
Where can I get a booster?
To use the government service, you will need to fill out a quick questionnaire prior to being shown options.
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•• provide you with a list of locations near you that offer your preferred vaccine choice.
Is it necessary to pay for vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are still free for everyone living in Australia.
This means that if you are on a visa and don't have Medicare, you can still get a vaccine.