14 days minimum between the two
South-west locals are being advised to schedule at least 14 days between receiving the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations following The Therapeutic Goods Administration's provisional approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
TerryWhite Chemmart Chief Pharmacist, Brenton Hart said people should not be lulled into a false sense of complacency about the influenza virus.
It's highly infectious and it's important for people to continue getting vaccinated and to plan now so they can be vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19 in a timely manner.
Most south-west locals are expected to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination from early May.
"Flu vaccine seasons is just around the corner and we know that in the media at the moment there's lots of noise about the coronavirus vaccination program which will also unfold in due course. The second important message is that you need to allow 14 days between having a flu vaccination and a coronavirus vaccination. So the best thing that we can do is not be complacent about the influenza virus this year and start to plan and schedule ahead now to make sure that you can get all of your vaccinations this year in a timely manner.”
Mr Hart reiterated, it is all about scheduling and being prepared so we don’t overload the healthcare system and protect all members of the community.
“So we still need to vaccinate for both of them separately, just like last year when Australians did a great job about getting their flu vaccinations, it's really important that we don't get sick with both at the same time and potentially overload our health care system. So the message from me today is to get that flu vaccine out of the way nice and early and make sure you've got plans to get your covid-19 vaccine as well.”