Brimbank community members are being asked to roll up their sleeves and get the third jab done.
Our community successfully supported the Australia-wide vaccination drive last year. Now 91.9 percent of people in Brimbank have received two doses of the vaccine.
However, a third dose is required to boost protection against COVID-19. Currently, less than a third of residents eligible for their third vaccination shot has received one, according to Victorian Government data.
The Department of Health says that the COVID-19 third dose prevents waning immunity (loss of protection) against COVID-19.
COVID-19 third doses are recommended for anyone aged 18 and over who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine three or more months ago.
This is a change from the previous four month interval, and reflects updated advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.
To increase the protection for the community we now need to look to getting the third vaccine shot when eligible. Children aged 5-11 are also now eligible for vaccination.
Brimbank Council continues to work with local and state health providers to provide opportunities for vaccination.
Vaccination against the virus is important, but so is:
- wearing a mask when required
- meeting outside where possible
- physical distancing and
- getting tested when you have any symptoms.
There is more information on getting the first, second or third vaccination dose or vaccination appointments for children aged 5-11 on our website.
Vaccination for children: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-children-and-teenagers
Book an appointment at your local GP or pharmacy: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/