Omicron booster jab that tackles two variants of the virus is given the provisional green light for use in Australia
The Pfizer jab will be for those aged 12 and over, and targets the BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
The approval was granted on Friday.
A provisional green light has been issued for the first COVID booster shot for two Omicron variants
A booster for the BA.1 variant and original bivalent vaccine – which is when the original virus strain is included in the vaccine – was approved in October.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration said studies showed the vaccine helped produce neutralising antibodies against the variants and original strains one month after the booster.
It also provided protection against a number of other variants.
‘Evidence from extensive use in the US and Europe over recent months has also shown that this booster provides clear reductions in hospitalisation and death,’ the regulator said in a statement.
The rollout of the vaccine is yet to be ticked off, with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation due to provide advice to the government in coming weeks.