This year’s flu season is going to be different due to the coronavirus vaccine rollout in Australia. Right at Home, providers of homecare and support to many Australian Seniors and Australians living with a disability provide information to guide you. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has released its latest guidelines on flu and COVID vaccinations to help Australians navigate the next few months. Right at Home summarises that guidance for you.
ATAGI Key Messages
Routine scheduling and co-administration of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended.
The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) or COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is 14 days.
There may be circumstances where co-administration or near administration (within days) of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine may be considered.
There is no requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
If an influenza vaccine has been inadvertently co-administered or given within a shorter interval than 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine, revaccination with either vaccine is not considered necessary.
ATAGI have noted that based on current understanding of the influenza vaccines that will be used in Australia in 2021 and the two COVID-19 vaccines to be used (Comirnaty or COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca), at the time of publishing this article, there are no theoretical concerns regarding safety or clinically significant reduction in protective efficacy by co-administration. However, administering the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines sequentially separated by a reasonable time window may reduce the likelihood of overlapping periods of systemic adverse events following immunisation, and will assist in attributing any adverse event following immunisation to a particular vaccine.
Again, ATAGI have advised that the preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of Comirnaty or COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is 14 days.
In good health.
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