The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has said that only those aged 16 and over who have had their boosters are considered “up to date”.
ATAGI also recommended no longer using the term “fully vaccinated”, instead moving to “up to date” when a person has received their booster dose.
Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Aged Care, said the government has accepted ATAGI’s advice and has been referred to National Cabinet for implementation.
“Further, ATAGI has advised that if it has been longer than six months since a person’s primary course and they haven’t had a booster, they will no longer be considered ‘up to date’ and instead will be considered ‘overdue’.”
ATAGI also noted that these recommendations are only for managing the pandemic in Australia and does not relate to the vaccination requirements of international travellers.
Booster doses are available to those aged 16 and over three months after they received their last primary dose.