AstraZeneca booster provisionally approved

Dominic Giannini |

The AstraZeneca booster shot has been provisionally approved by the TGA.
The AstraZeneca booster shot has been provisionally approved by the TGA.

Australia’s medical regulator has given its first green light to the AstraZeneca booster shot for people above the age of 18.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration provisionally approved Vaxzevria as a booster, which means the decision to receive the AstraZeneca third jab must be made in consultation with a medical professional. 

The two mRNA vaccines which have been approved in Australia, Pfizer and Moderna, are the preferred booster doses, irrespective of the primary vaccine a person received, the TGA said. 

“This includes for people who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for their primary course,” the authority said in a statement.

“The Australian government continues to encourage individuals to have a booster following their initial two vaccination doses to enables strong protection against severe illness and hospitalisation, particularly from the Omicron variant.”

AAP