Vaccine safety has always been paramount in Victoria. That is no different with COVID-19 vaccines.
We have always been guided by the expert advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and the advice of our own medical experts.
Yesterday, ATAGI made a number of recommendations to the Commonwealth Government concerning the administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
In accordance with those recommendations, the Victorian Department of Health has written to health services administering COVID-19 vaccines to communicate these recommendations and ensure they are observed.
These recommendations clearly have implications for the Australian Government's vaccine program rollout across all states and territories. Victorian health officials will have further discussions with the Commonwealth on these matters today.
Health services administering COVID-19 vaccines in Victoria are doing an outstanding job. They will observe ATAGI’s recommendations to ensure we are achieving the highest levels of safety and quality.
Victorians who have any questions about their health or about AstraZeneca should consult their doctor.