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On the separation between flu and Covid-19 vaccines, that advice based on the Atagi [the Australian technical advisory group on immunisation] advice sought early in the vaccine rollout, that remains the advice and general. It was mentioned by my colleague Commodore Young about those few aged care facilities, very high vulnerable groups in the community – we know what happened last year in Victoria, in terms of the high [mortality] rate in those settings.
Those very few aged care facilities in Melbourne and Victoria that have not yet received one dose was mostly because they had the flu vaccine in the last couple of this and it was being delayed. I sought advice specifically for that situation – aged care facilities in this high-risk area – from Atagi, they reinforced the benefit of having vaccine and not waiting for the Covid-19 vaccine, and the settings at this time outweigh the risk of shortening that interval.
I wrote to those facilities today to give my advice that should be changed for this specific event at this specific time. To be very clear: the general advice around Australia and outside of aged care is to keep the two-week gap.
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