To protect the community this winter, it’s important all Western Australians are protected against COVID-19.
That’s why the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated its advice (external link) and expanded its recommendations for a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
From Monday 11 July, 2022, the COVID-19 fourth dose is available and encouraged for anyone aged 30 and over.
The interval recommended between a recent COVID-19 infection or last booster dose is now 3 months.
This is in addition to the previous recommendations for a fourth dose, which remain in place for:
- all adults aged 65 years or older
- residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older
- people who are severely immunocompromised (external link) (this will be their fifth dose)
- people aged 16 years or older with a medical condition (external link) that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
- people aged 16 years or older with disability, significant or complex health needs, or multiple comorbidities which increase the risk of a poor outcome.
People in these groups can walk-in without an appointment and get their fourth dose at COVID-19 vaccination clinics, and can receive a vaccination at GPs, pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services. Appointment opportunities will increase appropriately as more people book in for their fourth dose.
ATAGI emphasised that people who have previously been infected with COVID-19 – irrespective of the variant – should continue to receive the recommended vaccination doses, as prior infection alone will not provide sufficient protection against severe disease.