The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advises that the monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are now the preferred COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 years or older and adults receiving primary or further COVID-19 doses, as outlined in the Australian Immunisation Handbook (Handbook).
For individuals who have received the recommended 2023 doses, no further doses or re-vaccination with XBB.1.5-containing vaccines is recommended. With an increase in COVID-19 cases since November 2023, ATAGI encourages all persons who have not received the recommended 2023 dose/s to receive them as soon as possible.
The Pfizer monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are available in the 5 to <12 years formulation (light blue cap) and the ≥12 years formulation (dark grey cap). The Moderna monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccine is registered for individuals aged 12 years and older.
There is no monovalent XBB.1.5-containing vaccines registered for use children aged 6 months to 4 years The Pfizer original (maroon cap) is the only formulation available in this age group.
The COVID-19 chapter in the Handbook details which vaccines are recommended for which age group.
The full ATAGI statement is available on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.
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