Third doses for immunocompromised Canberrans now available at AIS Arena

Eligible immunocompromised people can now receive their third COVID-19 vaccination dose at the AIS Arena Mass Vaccination Clinic and other ACT Government vaccination clinics.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said rolling out additional doses at ACT Government clinics would make it easier for at-risk Canberrans to become better protected from COVID.

“We have worked hard to increase vaccination access for vulnerable people in our community,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

“Making these third doses available at our ACT Government clinics will make it easier for at-risk Canberrans to get protected faster.

“The additional primary dose is only available to a specific cohort of vulnerable Australians for whom two doses are not as effective. This is not classified as a booster.

“A letter from the person’s treating physician will be required as evidence when they attend their appointment.

“If you think you are eligible for a third dose you should talk to your doctor and then call our booking line to discuss making an appointment.

“Bookings for third doses can be made through the COVID-19 vaccination booking line on 02 5124 7700. Bookings are also available at the Access and Sensory Clinic for people who may need additional support, including those with a disability or mental health conditions.

“Third vaccine doses are also available through general practitioners and pharmacists.”

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommends people with specific immunocompromising conditions and therapies should receive a third dose (preferably an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer and Moderna) be administered 2 to 6 months following second dose administration, regardless of which vaccine was administered for the first two doses.

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