26 September 2023

Newcomer Novavax adds to vaccine team

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South Australians yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 now have an additional vaccine option with appointments for the Novavax vaccine available from Wednesday (23 February).

Announcing the new vaccine, Premier, Steven Marshall said appointments could be made at the Playford, Adelaide Myer Centre and Noarlunga COVID-19 vaccination clinics, which would distribute the State’s first delivery of around 4,000 Novavax doses.

Mr Marshall said around 40 GPs and Pharmacies across the State would also offer the vaccine.

“This is another opportunity for South Australians who are yet to be vaccinated to protect themselves, their family, their work colleagues and the broader community – and is another weapon in our arsenal in the fight against COVID-19,” Mr Marshall said.

He said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted provisional approval for Novavax last month, making it the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia.

Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier said the arrival of Novavax meant South Australians had more choice when it came to getting their COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is important that South Australians are comfortable with the vaccine they receive, so it is wonderful that they can now choose between a number of different vaccines including mRNA vaccines Pfizer and Moderna and now the protein vaccine Novavax,” Professor Spurrier said.

“Novavax is available for people aged 18 and over, so if this is the vaccine of your choice, please make an appointment as soon as they become available,” she said.

Professor Spurrier said a primary vaccination course of Novavax consisted of two doses administered at least 21 days apart.

Novavax online bookings are available at this PS News link.

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