We are happy to announce the arrival of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to Norfolk Island earlier this week

Staff at Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) have been working closely with the Australian Government to make available the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (Nuvaxovid) vaccine for our residents.

Novavax has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in a primary course (first or second dose) of vaccination in people aged 18 years and older.

Novavax has been demonstrated to be highly effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in adults in a primary schedule (first or second dose).

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have released a statement involving recommendation for the use of Novavax

  • The recommended schedule for administration is 2 doses (first or second dose), a minimum of 3 weeks apart.
  • Novavax can be administered to pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • Novavax can be administered to people with a prior history of SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is not currently recommended for use as a booster vaccine.
  • Novavax COVID-19 vaccine can be co-administered with other vaccines if required.

The following groups are eligible to phone NIHRACS GP Clinic on 22091 during business hours to book in:

  • All residents aged 18 or older who have not yet received a primary course (first or second dose) of COVID-19 vaccine
  • People with severe immunocompromise to receive 3 primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine (Novavax can be administered as part of a mixed primary schedule to people who have received one or more doses of another COVID-19 vaccine, including as a third dose for people with severe immunocompromise).

A NIHRACS drive-through clinic will be held by appointment only on Wednesday 11th May 2022.

For further information on Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (Nuvaxovid), please see https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-statement-on-the-use-of-novavax-covid-19-vaccine-nuvaxovid

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