With Covid19 vaccine now approved Australians are also being urged to book flu vaccination’s as well.
Pharmacist, Chris Campbell explains to Dave that Australians are being advised to schedule at least 14 days between receiving the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations following the TGA’s provisional approval of the
AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccine
Australians are being urged by pharmacists not to be complacent and to make flu vaccinations a priority along with receiving the coronavirus vaccine in 2021 to ensure effective protection against the two separate and different viruses.
Pharmacist, Chris Campbell said the key message for Australians when scheduling their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in 2021 is to allow at least 14 days between each one as recommended by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.
Chris Campbell who runs a Pharmacy says TerryWhite Chemmart is one of Australia’s largest vaccination providers.
He says people should not be lulled into a false sense of complacency about the influenza virus. It is highly infectious, and it is important for people to continue getting vaccinated and to plan now so they can be vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19 in a timely manner,” said Mr Campbell.
“In all cases, the flu vaccination should be given at least 14 days apart from any dose of the
“An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu, and from then passing it on to someone else in the community.
“Almost seven million high priority workers and aged care staff and residents will be eligible to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination starting in February. These Australians will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which needs to be given in two doses, at least 21 days apart.
“Most Australians (over 13 million) will qualify to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination from early May, which will be the TGA approved AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccine.
This vaccine also needs to be given in two doses, four to 12 weeks apart.
“It’s important that people remember the health risks of the influenza virus – an incredibly infectious respiratory disease that can leave people unwell for a week or more, and in the worst cases, result in hospitalisation or death.
“When planning and scheduling the timing of their vaccinations, we encourage people to
seek advice from their immunisation provider and to discuss their personal health
circumstances with their GP or pharmacist prior to receiving their vaccinations.
“While protection from a flu vaccination is generally expected to last for the whole flu season, optimal
protection against the flu is strongest and most effective three to four months after you are
“The flu season in Australia usually runs from June to September, peaking in August,
although it has started earlier than June in some years and can occur year-round.
“While we may not know yet how the flu seasons are going to evolve on the back of COVID-
19, a flu vaccination remains a critical component in your arsenal against tackling influenza,“ said Mr Campbell.