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Novavax vaccine available from February 28 in the Goldfields

The COVID-19 Novavax vaccine will be made available in Goldfields State-run vaccination clinics from February 28.

The COVID-19 first-dose vaccination rate for the Goldfields is 86.8 per cent as of February 20 for 12-year-olds and older, with 82.8 per cent having received their second dose.

The percentage of those over 16 having received a booster dose is 43.9 per cent.

A WA Health spokesperson said bookings would be available and people wishing to take up this opportunity were urged to visit the Roll up for WA website for details on locations and how to book.

Novavax has already been rolled out at participating GPs and pharmacies across WA, and is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

“Novavax is a spike protein-based vaccine, and recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation as a primary course of vaccination in people aged 18 years and older,” a Health Department statement said.

The statement said the vaccine was given in two doses a minimum of three weeks apart, but a booster vaccine was not recommended at this stage.

Novavax can also be administered to people who have already received a first dose of another vaccine, or as a third dose for people who are severely immunocompromised.

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are still available at State-run clinics, GPs and pharmacies, with people “encouraged to take up those options”.

“But whatever the vaccination you get — now is the time, to make sure you and your loved ones are protected against the virus,” the spokesperson said.

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