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Fifth Covid vaccine for Australian adults to roll out later this month

Omicron-specific dose will be available for over-18s who have not had a booster or a confirmed coronavirus case in past six months

A fifth Covid vaccine dose will be made available to Australian adults from later this month.

The health minister, Mark Butler, has announced all adults who have not had a booster or a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the past six months will be eligible for another dose from 20 February, after the government accepted the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi).

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