COVID-19 Daily Updates

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Tuesday 3 August 2021

The COVID situation is changing rapidly. Please check this page for community updates as they come to hand.

Change to Pfizer vaccine dosage intervals 

As announced in the Department of Health coronavirus update on Sunday 1 August at 6.26pm, state-run vaccination centres will now administer the second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least six weeks after the first dose from Monday 2 August.  

This allows more Victorians to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks. More first dose bookings will become available in the system in three to four weeks as a result of this change.  

Directions for Pfizer vaccines at state-run clinics are as follows: 

  • If you have a second dose for Pfizer booked, there’s no change. Please attend your appointment as planned and get fully vaccinated. 
  • If you have had your first dose and you do not have your second dose for Pfizer booked, please make your booking asap. The booking for your second dose will be at least six weeks after the first dose. 
  • If you are intending to have your first Pfizer dose soon, we will make your second dose appointment at the clinic. The booking for your second dose will be at least six weeks after the first dose. 

The change is consistent with ATAGI guidelines. The guidelines recommend that the second dose of Pfizer should be administered between 3 and 6 weeks after the first dose to achieve optimal protection against COVID-19.  

ATAGI has also advised that dosing intervals can be safely adjusted according to epidemiological conditions and other factors. Other countries are safely and effectively using longer Pfizer intervals (including the UK and Canada) to allow more people to get a first dose sooner. 

Commonwealth vaccination providers - such as GPs and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations - will continue to provide second doses at an interval of three weeks. 

 

AstraZeneca dosage intervals 

There is no change to the AstraZeneca interval advice.  State-run clinics provide second doses at an interval of eight weeks.  

 

State-run clinics across the Grampians region  

  • Ballarat Health Services – Mercure Ballarat 
  • East Grampians Health Service – Ararat 
  • Stawell Regional Health 
  • East Wimmera Health Service – St Arnaud, Charlton, Birchip, Wycheproof, Donald 
  • Maryborough District health 
  • Beaufort and Skipton Health Service 
  • Central highlands Rural Health 
  • Wimmera Health Care Group – Horsham 
  • Rural Northwest Health – Warracknabeal 
  • West Wimmera Health Service – Nhill and surrounds 
  • Edenhope Memorial Hospital  

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