Huge change to jab eligibility amid 50 new cases

All Victorians aged 16 and above will be able to get a jab at state-run vaccine centres from Wednesday with everyone under 60 now being eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Huge change to jab eligibility amid 50 new cases

Victorians aged 16 and above will be eligible for a Covid jab at state-run vaccine centres from Wednesday amid a slew of changes to the state’s vaccination program.

From 7am on Wednesday 25 Aug, anyone aged 16-59 can get Pfizer. Those over 60 can continue to get AstraZeneca.

Over the next month, there will be over 830,000 appointments for Covid-19 vaccines at more than 55 state-run centres operating across the state.

Of that figure, it includes 450,000 first doses for the Pfizer vaccine.

With this new expansion, the number of Victorians eligible for Pfizer has increased by 2 million.

Approximately 1.7 million Victorians aged 16 to 59 have already been vaccinated across general practice.

The Premier also revealed that anyone aged between 18 and 39 with an AstraZeneca booking would be eligible to instead receive Pfizer.

He said they will not be required to change or cancel their booking.

The change in eligibility will not occur until Wednesday, with the additional bookings available online from 7am.

However, the coronavirus vaccine online booking system appears to have already crashed following the Premier’s announcement.

But with the number of Victorians aged 18 to 59 still far outweighing the Pfizer doses available from the Commonwealth, the AstraZeneca vaccine will still be available for those who choose to provide informed consent and discuss their vaccination with a medical professional.

source: Herald Sun