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Novavax vaccines to be rolled out across South Eastern NSW

People in South Eastern NSW will now have access to the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, with the Department of Health selecting 14 general practices to administer the vaccine from 21 February and an additional 14 from 28 February. According to Dr Julie Blaze, general practitioner at Bulli Medical Practice, Novavax will be the fourth COVID-19 vaccination available in Australia’s rollout after approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) for use in adults. “Novavax is a protein-based vaccine so is suitable for those who may have had contrary indications or reactions to other vaccines, along with pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who have had COVID-19,” she said. “We also hope that it will encourage some people who may have been vaccine hesitant or looking for additional options, to get the jab,” said Dr Blaze. Novavax is a two-dose course, with a minimum of three weeks between the first and second doses. Novavax is not currently recommended for use as a booster vaccine. “While we do have relatively high vaccination rates across our region with many LGAs now reaching beyond 95%, we would encourage more people to take up the opportunity to have their third dose which can now be administered three months after your second vaccine. You need to get a third dose to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Dr Blaze. “If you’re aged 16 or older, have recovered from COVID-19 and it has been three months since your second dose you should get a third dose. There is no need to delay getting your third dose if you’re no longer unwell. A third dose will increase your protection against the virus and can help prevent hospitalisation and severe disease,” she added. Dr Blaze also emphasised the importance of maintaining hygiene practices, physical distancing and testing for COVID-19 throughout 2022. “We need to remain vigilant about preventing the spread of the virus. If you’re experiencing even mild symptoms, make sure you get tested early using a rapid antigen test or at a local testing centre.” To find your nearest COVID testing centre go to www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080. This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To book a COVID-19 vaccination go to https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/

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