by Prof Con Tam & A/Prof Ali Bazargan

Vaccines rolled out in Australia are Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Before vaccines are made available in Australia they need to pass strict Australian safety standards and tests set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The most prioritised groups in the community (ie. staff in involved in the vaccination program, hotel quarantine staff, airport staff etc.) have largely been immunised now together with immunosuppressed/cancer patients.

Most of our patients are expected to be vaccinated from May onwards.

AstraZeneca is not currently recommended for individuals less than 50 years of age and those people will receive the Pfizer vaccine when available. Some patients with cancer who are under 50 years of age are at particularly high risk of death with COVID and, in these cases, we may recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine over waiting for Pfizer.

Community roll out is well under way through GP clinics, designated hospitals & mass vaccination centres. Up-to-date information can be obtained from the Dept Health & Human Services website:

Phone for a vaccination appointment on 1800 675 398.

All of the vaccines work and are safe for immunocompromised patients and people who have had a DVT or PE in the past. We strongly recommend patients and their families take the first opportunity to receive the vaccine. The best vaccine is the first one available to you.