Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, Australia’s Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly, has advised of a changed recommendation to the timing of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines for certain groups.

In order to ensure that all residents and staff in residential aged care and disability care settings are vaccinated as soon as possible, the previous 14 day minimum interval between influenza and COVID-19 vaccines no longer applies for this group.

Shortening this time frame will not have any impact on the effectiveness of either vaccine and will result in the rapid protection of the most vulnerable. Influenza and COVID-19 vaccines should not be administered on the same day.

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Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly and Commodore Eric Young’s press conference on 27 May 2021