Connect with us
2022 Green Living Expo
The NSW Northern Rivers News
The Northern Rivers Times | NSW Northern Rivers News
2022 Green Living Expo NEWSLETTER Horizontal
The NSW Northern Rivers News
The Northern Rivers Times | NSW Northern Rivers News
previous arrow
next arrow

COVID-19 Northern Rivers News

Latest venues of concern on Northern Rivers

Published

on

The NSW Northern Rivers Times COVID19 News Updates
The NSW Northern Rivers Times COVID19 News Updates

Latest venues of concern on Northern Rivers

By Samantha Elley
We may be out of lockdown and the state has a vaccination rate of over 70 per cent but that is no time to leave our guard down when it comes to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, according to Northern NSW Local Health District.
While Sydney has been let off the leash and Northern Rivers prepares for an onslaught of visitors at the 80 per cent vaccination level, we still have a number of cases of Covid-19 on the Northern Rivers with venues of concern across a number of areas.
All close contacts are contacted directly and informed as part of normal contact tracing processes and they must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Anyone else who has been at these venues below at the date and time listed is considered a casual contact and they must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Venues of concern by suburb

Alstonville
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Friday, 1 October 10am – 11:15am
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Saturday, 2 October 10am – 11:15am
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 5:30am – 2:30pm
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Tuesday, 5 October 5:30am – 3pm
• Alstonville The Federal Hotel 77 Main Street, Alstonville NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 10:30pm – 11:30pm
• Alstonville North Coast Recycling Pty Ltd 19-21 Northcott Crescent, 28 September 5.40am – 7.20am
Ballina
• Ballina Coles, cnr Fox & Kerr Streets Tuesday 5 October 7.55pm – 8.05pm
• Ballina Metro Petrol Station, 323 River Street, Tuesday 5 October 8.10pm—8.15pm
• Ballina Ritchies Super IGA, 44 Bangalow Road, Wednesday 6 October 6.50pm – 7pm
Casino
• Casino Outdoor & Disposal 171 Centre Street Friday 1 October 2021 10:30am to 10:45am
• Casino Aldi 133-135 Centre Street Wednesday 29 September 9:10am – 9:40am and Wednesday 29 September 3:10pm – 3:40pm
• Casino Anglican Op Shop 120 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:15pm – 2:30pm
• Casino Lifeline Shop 95 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:30pm – 3:00pm
• Casino Simply U Yoga The Chambers, 98 Walker Street Thursday 30 September 9:00am – 10:10am and Friday 1 October 6.30am – 7:15am
• Casino Scrivener and Webb Pharmacy 89 Walker Street Friday 1 October 3:05pm – 3:15pm
• Casino Woolworths 165 Canterbury Street Friday 1 October 3:25pm – 3:55pm and Sunday 3 October 3.40pm – 4.05pm
Goonellabah
• Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse 799 Ballina Road Wednesday 29 September 4:05pm – 4:25pm
• Goonellabah Coles 44 Oliver Avenue Thursday 30 September 1:55pm – 2:15pm
• Goonellabah Medical Center 616 Ballina Road Thursday, 30 September 5.10pm -6.50pm and Tuesday 28 September 5.15pm – 6.40pm
• Goonellabah IGA 29-31 Rous Road, Tuesday 28 September 7pm-7.05pm
• Goonellabah Woolworths 2 Simeoni Drive, Tuesday 28 September 6.40pm – 7pm
Grafton
• Grafton Coles South Grafton Bent Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 10am – 11am
• Grafton Coles South Grafton 86-96 Bent Street, South Grafton 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 4:15pm – 4:30pm
• Grafton Big W Duke & Fitzroy Street Tuesday 5 October 4.40pm-5.10pm
• Coles South Grafton 84-96 Bent Street Monday 27 September 2021 9.45am to 9.50am, and 2.30pm to 2.45pm, Tuesday 28 September 4.15pm-4.30pm and Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.20pm to 1.35pm
• Coles Express Grafton 91 Bent Street, Corner Spring Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 12.20pm to 12.30pm
• Coles Liquor South Grafton 94 Bent Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.30pm to 1:45pm
• Grafton Australian Community Care Network 117 Fitzroy Street Wednesday 29 September 9.55am – 11.40am
• Grafton Woolworth Shoppingworld, Sunday 3 October, 4.30pm – 5pm
• South Grafton, Craig’s Birdplace, 99 Skinner Street, Tuesday 5 October, 2pm- 2.30pm
Kyogle
• Kyogle Family Support Services Neighbourhood Centre 8 Geneva Street Thursday 30 September 2021 9.00am to 9:30am
• Kyogle Australia Post 149 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 10:40am – 10:45am
• Kyogle IGA Liquor 17-31 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 3:00pm – 4:00pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way, Tuesday 28 September 11.3am-11.45am, Wednesday 29 September 8.20am-8.25am, Friday 1 October 2:05pm – 2:25pm
• The Espresso Edge, Kyogle, 109 Summerland Way Friday 1 October, 1pm – 1.15pm
Lennox Head
• Lennox Head Lennox Hotel Pacific Parade and Byron Street, Lennox Head, NSW, 2478 Sunday, 3 October 6:35pm – 7pm
Lismore
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday,1 October 11:40am – 12:15pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Tuesday 28 September 12pm – 12.15pm, Wednesday 29 September 10.35am-10.40am, Friday, 1 October 12:15pm – 12:50pm
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 11:40am – 12:10pm
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 11-16, 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Thursday 30 September 2021 11:15am to 12:15pm
• Lismore Best and Less 137 Keen Street Wednesday 29 September 4:35pm – 4:40pm
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street Wednesday 29 September 5:10pm – 5:15pm
• Lismore Strandbags Shop 31 Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:20pm – 5:25pm
• Lismore Coles Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:25pm – 6:05pm
• Lismore Henry’s Bakery Café 87 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:20am – 10:40am
• Lismore The New Camera House 95 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:40am – 11:15am
• Lismore The Book Warehouse 107-109 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 11:15am – 11:20am
• East Lismore SPAR Shop 1/62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 2:45pm
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 12/ 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 3:20pm
• Lismore Bunnings, 2 Bruxner Highway, Sunday 3 October 11.50am-12.05pm
• Lismore Fundies, 140 Keen Street, Wednesday 29 September 4.40pm – 5.05pm, Thursday 30 September 1.35pm – 1.45pm
• Coffee Guru, Shop 36 Lismore Square Wednesday 29 September 11.15am – 11.50am
• Pets and Saddles North Lismore, Bridge Street Tuesday 28 September 11.50am – 11.55am
• South Lismore Post Office 73 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.30am – 11.45am
• South Lismore Southside Hot Bread, 89-91 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.45am – 11.50am
• Lismore Ongmac Trading, 86 Conway Street, Wednesday 6 October 11.50am – 12pm
• Lismore ALDI, 44 Ballina Road Wednesday 6 October 9.25am – 10am
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street, Wednesday 6 October, 2.05pm – 2.15pm
• Australia Post Lismore, Conway Plaza Upper Ground Floor, 21 Conway Street Wednesday, 6 October 2.15pm – 2.50pm

Venues of concern by date

September 28
• Alstonville North Coast Recycling Pty Ltd 19-21 Northcott Crescent, 28 September 5.40am – 7.20am
• Goonellabah Medical Center 616 Ballina Road Tuesday 28 September 5.15pm – 6.40pm
• Goonellabah IGA 29-31 Rous Road, Tuesday 28 September 7pm-7.05pm
• Goonellabah Woolworths 2 Simeoni Drive, Tuesday 28 September 6.40pm – 7pm
• Grafton Coles South Grafton Bent Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 10am – 11am
• Grafton Coles South Grafton 86-96 Bent Street, South Grafton 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 4:15pm – 4:30pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way, Tuesday 28 September 11.3am-11.45am,
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Tuesday 28 September 12pm – 12.15pm
• North Lismore Pets and Saddles, Bridge Street Tuesday 28 September 11.50am – 11.55am
September 29
• Casino Aldi 133-135 Centre Street Wednesday 29 September 9:10am – 9:40am and Wednesday 29 September 3:10pm – 3:40pm
• Casino Anglican Op Shop 120 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:15pm – 2:30pm
• Casino Lifeline Shop 95 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:30pm – 3:00pm
• Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse 799 Ballina Road Wednesday 29 September 4:05pm – 4:25pm
• Grafton Australian Community Care Network 117 Fitzroy Street Wednesday 29 September 9.55am – 11.40am
• Kyogle Australia Post 149 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 10:40am – 10:45am
• Kyogle IGA Liquor 17-31 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 3:00pm – 4:00pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way, Wednesday 29 September 8.20am-8.25am,
• Lismore Best and Less 137 Keen Street Wednesday 29 September 4:35pm – 4:40pm
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street Wednesday 29 September 5:10pm – 5:15pm
• Lismore Strandbags Shop 31 Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:20pm – 5:25pm
• Lismore Fundies, 140 Keen Street, Wednesday 29 September 4.40pm – 5.05pm
• Lismore Coles Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:25pm – 6:05pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Wednesday 29 September 10.35am-10.40am
• Coffee Guru, Shop 36 Lismore Square Wednesday 29 September 11.15am – 11.50am
September 30
• Casino Simply U Yoga The Chambers, 98 Walker Street Thursday 30 September 9:00am – 10:10am and Friday 1 October 6.30am – 7:15am
• Goonellabah Coles 44 Oliver Avenue Thursday 30 September 1:55pm – 2:15pm
• Goonellabah Medical Center 616 Ballina Road Thursday, 30 September 5.10pm -6.50pm
• Kyogle Family Support Services Neighbourhood Centre 8 Geneva Street Thursday 30 September 2021 9.00am to 9:30am
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 11-16, 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Thursday 30 September 2021 11:15am to 12:15pm
• Lismore Henry’s Bakery Café 87 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:20am – 10:40am
• Lismore The New Camera House 95 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:40am – 11:15am
• Lismore The Book Warehouse 107-109 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 11:15am – 11:20am
• Lismore Fundies, 140 Keen Street, Thursday 30 September 1.35pm – 1.45pm
October 1
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Friday, 1 October 10am – 11:15am
• Casino Outdoor & Disposal 171 Centre Street Friday 1 October 2021 10:30am to 10:45am
• Casino Woolworths 165 Canterbury Street Friday 1 October 3:25pm – 3:55pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way Friday 1 October 2:05pm – 2:25pm
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday,1 October 11:40am – 12:15pm
• Kyogle, The Espresso Edge, 109 Summerland Way Friday 1 October, 1pm – 1.15pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 12:15pm – 12:50pm
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 11:40am – 12:10pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 12:15pm – 12:45pm
• East Lismore SPAR Shop 1/62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 2:45pm
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 12/ 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 3:20pm
October 2
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Saturday, 2 October 10am – 11:15am
October 3
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 5:30am – 2:30pm
• Alstonville The Federal Hotel 77 Main Street, Alstonville NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 10:30pm – 11:30pm
• Casino Woolworths 165 Canterbury Street Sunday 3 October 3.40pm – 4.05pm
• Grafton Woolworth Shoppingworld, Sunday 3 October, 4.30pm – 5pm
• Lennox Head Lennox Hotel Pacific Parade and Byron Street, Lennox Head, NSW, 2478 Sunday, 3 October 6:35pm – 7pm
• Lismore Bunnings, 2 Bruxner Highway, Sunday 3 October 11.50am-12.05pm
October 5
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Tuesday, 5 October 5:30am – 3pm
• Ballina Coles, cnr Fox & Kerr Streets Tuesday 5 October 7.55pm – 8.05pm
• Ballina Metro Petrol Station, 323 River Street, Tuesday 5 October 8.10pm—8.15pm
• Grafton Big W Duke & Fitzroy Street Tuesday 5 October 4.40pm-5.10pm
• Coles South Grafton 84-96 Bent Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.20pm to 1.35pm
• Coles Express Grafton 91 Bent Street, Corner Spring Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 12.20pm to 12.30pm
• Coles Liquor South Grafton 94 Bent Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.30pm to 1:45pm
• South Grafton, Craig’s Birdplace, 99 Skinner Street, Tuesday 5 October, 2pm- 2.30pm
• South Lismore Post Office 73 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.30am – 11.45am
• South Lismore Southside Hot Bread, 89-91 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.45am – 11.50am
October 6
• Ballina Ritchies Super IGA, 44 Bangalow Road, Wednesday 6 October 6.50pm – 7pm
• Lismore Ongmac Trading, 86 Conway Street, Wednesday 6 October 11.50am – 12pm
• Lismore ALDI, 44 Ballina Road Wednesday 6 October 9.25am – 10am
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street, Wednesday 6 October, 2.05pm – 2.15pm
• Australia Post Lismore, Conway Plaza Upper Ground Floor, 21 Conway Street Wednesday, 6 October 2.15pm – 2.50pm

COVID-19 Northern Rivers News

AUS passes 2m Covid cases, hits 1-in-10 NSW & VIC residents

Published

on

By

AUS passes 2m Covid cases, hits 1-in-10 NSW & VIC resident

AUS passes 2m Covid cases, hits 1-in-10 NSW & VIC residents

Australia has just passed two million official Covid cases today (Thursday), with one-in-10 New South Wales and Victorian residents now living with a diagnosis leading into the upcoming Federal Election, the latest VaxEnomicTM Forecaster from C-suite strategy group Provocate reveals.

Provocate Managing Director Troy Bilsborough said it represented a doubling of cases in under two weeks since Provocate first revealed Australia had hit the one-million case mark last Monday (10 January 2022).

“It took Australia two years to reach its first one million Covid cases and under two weeks to reach its second,” said Mr Bilsborough – a former senior advisor to Federal Health, Aged Care and Child Care Ministers.

“Healthcare influenced more votes than any other issue at the last Federal election and two million Australians now living with a Covid diagnosis will likely entrench that.

“This week’s negative polling on the Federal Government’s handling of the pandemic and economy continues to support our prediction that Covid and health will likely sway votes – and even the result – at May’s election.

“The arrival of a heavily-mutated variant like Omicron within five months of Delta also means there’s every chance Australia could be facing another outbreak from another new variant heading into the Federal Election campaign.”

“However, the biggest threat to business and voter confidence is not the virus itself, but politically-opposed state and Federal governments making decisions based on electionomics, not epidemiology or the economy.

It comes as top US Government Covid adviser Anthony Fauci also warned on Tuesday Omicron may not be the end of Covid with further mutations possible, supporting Provocate’s recent prediction Australia could be facing another virus variant in time for the next Federal election, slated for May 2022.

AUS passes 2m Covid cases, hits 1-in-10 NSW & VIC resident

AUS passes 2m Covid cases, hits 1-in-10 NSW & VIC resident

“The big unknown is whether Covid continues to matter when Australia is predicted to go to the polls in May – and whether opposition parties can continue to maintain voter dissatisfaction for that long.

“Much of this will hinge on how the longer-term impacts of Covid for the millions of Australians who now caught the virus, and how much onus attention medical, patient and worker representations place on having them recognised as chronic illness.”

About 90 per cent of total Australian cases have been recorded in the seven weeks since Omicron’s arrival in late November. That equates to an 800%+ increase in recorded cases in less than seven weeks, noting actual infections in the community were likely double or more that due to restricted testing options.

Provocate last week predicted the rapid transition from Covid as a public health and economic threat to a personal problem for millions of Australians would negatively impact voter views towards the Federal Government leading into the Election.

This was supported by this week’s Resolve Political Monitor, which showed since the May 2021 Federal Budget:

· a -22 point decline in the Federal Government’s lead on handling of Covid and the pandemic.

· a -13 point decline in the Federal Government’s lead on handling of economic management.

· a -10 point decline in the Federal Government’s lead on handling of health & aged care, with the Opposition now in front.

· a -5 point decline in the Federal Government’s primary vote, with the Opposition taking the lead for the first time during that period.

· A -16 point decline in the Federal Government’s lead on Preferred Prime Minister.

 

Figure 1 Source: Provocate analysis of ANU 'The 2019 Election Study'

Figure 1 Source: Provocate analysis of ANU ‘The 2019 Election Study’

Continue Reading

COVID-19 Northern Rivers News

TGA Approves Pfizer’s Novel COVID-19 Oral Treatment in Australia

Published

on

By

The NSW Northern Rivers Times COVID19 News Updates

TGA Approves Pfizer’s Novel COVID-19 Oral Treatment in Australia

• Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approves PAXLOVID™ (nirmatrelvir [PF-07321332] tablets and ritonavir tablets) for supply to Australia.

• PAXLOVID is the first oral treatment of its kind; it includes nirmatrelvir, a 3CL (or main) protease inhibitor that was specifically designed to combat SARS-CoV-2.

• Pfizer Australia has entered an agreement with the Australian Government to supply 500,000 treatment courses over 2022.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 20 January 2021 – Pfizer announced today that Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval for the supply and use in Australia of PAXLOVID™ (nirmatrelvir [PF-07321332] tablets and ritonavir tablets. PAXLOVID has provisional approval for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults 18 years of age and older, who do not require initiation of supplemental oxygen due to COVID-19 and are at increased risk of progression to hospitalisation or death.

PAXLOVID is the first oral antiviral of its kind; it includes nirmatrelvir, a 3CL protease (also known as Main protease or Mpro) inhibitor that was specifically developed in Pfizer’s laboratories to combat SARS-CoV-2. Under this authorisation, PAXLOVID can be prescribed as an oral treatment to certain high-risk adults within the first 5 days of symptomatic infection, potentially helping patients avoid severe illness which can lead to hospitalisation or death.

“This milestone in Australia is an important moment in our continued fight against COVID-19, paving the way for use of PAXLOVID as cases continue to rise and we address the threat of a new variant of concern, Omicron,” said Anne Harris, Pfizer Australia and New Zealand Managing Director. “This at-oral therapy, developed to reduce hospitalisations and save lives, has the potential to transform COVID-19 treatment and help lessen the devastating impact of the virus that has now taken over 5 million lives globally”, Ms Harris said.

The TGA based its decision on positive results from the Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR (Evaluation of Protease Inhibition for COVID-19 in High-Risk Patients) interim analysis, which enrolled non-hospitalised adults with confirmed COVID-19 who were at increased risk of progressing to severe illness. The data demonstrated an 89% reduction in risk of COVID-19-related hospitalisation or death from any cause in adults treated with PAXLOVID compared to placebo in those treated within three days of symptom onset, with no deaths in the treatment group. Similar results were seen in those treated within five days of symptom onset. Treatment-emergent adverse events were comparable between PAXLOVID (19%) and placebo (21%), most of which were mild in intensity. Pfizer recently announced that results from the final analysis of the primary endpoint from all patients enrolled in EPIC-HR were consistent with the interim analysis, confirming efficacy with a similar safety profile. Additional Phase 2/3 clinical trials are ongoing in adults at standard risk of progressing to severe illness, and in those who have been exposed to the virus through household contacts.

In October 2021, Pfizer announced an agreement with the Australian Government to supply 500,000 treatment courses of PAXLOVID over 2022. With the oral treatment now approved for supply and use by the TGA, Pfizer will begin delivering the first treatment courses from Q1 2022.

Continue Reading

COVID-19 Northern Rivers News

Under 12s to access protection against the worst of COVID from Monday 10 January

Published

on

By

Under 12s to access protection against the worst of COVID from Monday 10 January

Under 12s to access protection against the worst of COVID from Monday 10 January

• Pfizer vaccine available from Monday 10 January to children aged 5 to 11 years.
• Parents and guardians are encouraged to book through the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
• Vaccination protects our younger community members from the worst of COVID.
Children aged 5 to 11 in the North Coast region will be eligible to receive a new, lower-dose formulation of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Monday 10 January 2022.
With the dramatic increase in transmission rates due to the now-dominant Omicron strain, Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer Julie Sturgess is strongly encouraging parents and guardians to make a booking for children in their care in the coming weeks.
‘We know that vaccination reduces the risk of transmission as well as serious illness and hospitalisation from COVID-19,’ said Ms Sturgess.
‘The North Coast community vaccination rate for those aged 16 and up now stands at 93.6%, and our 12 to 15 year-olds have been eligible to book their COVID vaccination since September 2021.
‘With the strong uptake in our region, we expect that parents and carers are well acquainted with the benefits of vaccination and are ready to extend the same level of protection to our younger community members,’ Ms Sturgess said.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years in December 2021, following earlier approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Approval was based on a careful evaluation of available data to support its safety and efficacy among this age group.
The under-12s Pfizer vaccine is 10μg (0.2mL) or only a third of the recommended 30μg dose administered to people aged 12 and over.
The smaller dose will have an orange-capped vial to differentiate it from the 12 years and older vaccine.
Children under 12 will still receive two doses, though these will be eight weeks apart, unlike the three-week interval for older cohorts.
Health advice is that a longer interval between doses appears to generate a stronger immune response.
‘We’re encouraging any parent or guardian to use the Vaccine Clinic Finder to book an appointment over the coming weeks, while their school-aged children are still on holidays,’ Ms Sturgess said.
‘If you are unable to find a suitable appointment, please check back regularly as more appointments will become available as supply to the region increases.
‘Healthy North Coast is also open to working with other appropriate venues and locations, which may include schools, to expedite the rollout.’
Any parent of guardian who has concerns about the suitability of the vaccination for a child in their care should speak with their GP.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Subscribe for our newsletter!

error: Alert: Content is protected !!