COVID-19 booster doses recommended and available for older adults now

With Queensland’s borders now open to international and interstate visitors, older adults are being encouraged to have a COVID-19 booster dose.

People aged 18 or older are eligible for the booster dose if it has been at least five months since second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The booster is free.

A booster dose is not mandatory, however the Australian Government recommends it to ensure the protection from the first two doses is even stronger and longer-lasting.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends either the Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Spikevax (Moderna) booster dose although the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine also will be available.

Find out more information about booster shots by talking to your doctor or at an Australian Government website using this link.

With our borders opening and vaccination rates climbing, it is hoped families, living interstate will seize the chance to reunite with their elderly loved ones after many months of limited physical contact. It also means Queenslanders can take day trips or holidays interstate without the risk of being shut out of Queensland.

At the time of this newsletter going to print, travellers could enter Queensland from both declared COVID-19 hotspots and non-hotspot areas although the entry requirements differ in each case.

For more information on border entry requirements to Queensland visit this link.

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