Vaccine boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds a step closer reports says

The TGA has granted provisional approval for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster for children aged 12 to 15.

Covid-19 vaccine boosters are a step closer for 12- to 15-year-olds, reports AAP.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional go-ahead for a Pfizer booster for the age group, although final approval by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi) is still pending.

The medical regulator on Friday recommended that 12- to 15-year-olds receive a third shot six months after their first two regardless of which approved vaccine they had received as their primary course.

A spokesman for the TGA said its review of overseas vaccine data was rigorous when deciding whether to push ahead with the booster.

“Regulatory approval of the booster dose for this age group has also been granted in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States,” he said.

“The TGA continues to work very closely with international regulators to align regulatory approaches, share information and, where it speeds up evaluation, collaboratively review Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.

“Australians can be confident that the TGA’s review process for this vaccine was rigorous and of the highest standard.”

Previously, only those 16 and over have been able to get their booster.

The final approval decision from Atagi is expected within days.

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