In an effort to boost vaccinations around Victoria, the wait time between AstraZeneca doses has been halved to six weeks instead of twelve.
As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Victoria, getting vaccinated is more important than ever. And if you were put off by AstraZeneca’s initial wait time of twelve weeks, you don’t have to worry anymore. Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie announced today that the wait time between doses for AstraZeneca will now be six weeks.
“That matches the dosage interval for the Pfizer vaccine, so it’ll be six weeks for AstraZeneca and for Pfizer bookings going forward,” said Professor Cowie.
This decision comes after the state recorded 176 new locally acquired cases in the past 24 hours. This was the highest daily increase in Victoria since August last year. 93 of those were mystery cases.
Professor Cowie said that this change will be reflected in state-run vaccination hubs around Victoria, starting from today. So, if you’ve received your first AstraZeneca dose, you can go online and move your appointment forward.
There are 70,000 AstraZeneca appointments available in Victoria right now.
It is a safe vaccine.
It is an effective vaccine.
It the vaccine that is available now.
And that means – for the vast majority of people – it is the best vaccine right now.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) September 1, 2021
While the Pfizer vaccine opened up to young Victorians last week, supply is limited. Meanwhile, only yesterday, Premier Dan Andrews said that there were roughly 70,000 AstraZeneca appointments available in Victoria.
“This is not where we wanted to be as a community, but we need to keep cases low so we can get more people vaccinated,” Premier Andrews said. “So, if you are over 18 and you want to keep you and your family safe, don’t wait. AstraZeneca is available now. Make a booking to get vaccinated.”
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