Some will be getting vaccination rescheduling call, NSW Health says

Some will be getting vaccination rescheduling call, NSW Health says

NSW Health says people in regional NSW might receive a notice advising their first dose of Pfizer will be rescheduled due to the vaccination redirection program.

To support Year 12 students returning to face-to-face learning for their HSC, NSW Health is redirecting Pfizer vaccines from across the state.

"As part of its pandemic response, NSW Health is taking this important temporary measure to also give us the best chance of containing the current outbreak in Greater Sydney as quickly as possible," a spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said anyone who has had their first dose already or those in priority groups 1a or 1b will not have their bookings rescheduled.

"GPs continue to supply Pfizer vaccinations in regional NSW, and their supplies from the Federal Government are unaffected by this reallocation," they said.

"AstraZeneca also remains available from GPs, NSW Health clinics and a growing number of pharmacies.

"The NSW Government has asked the Federal Government to facilitate more pharmacies in regional and rural areas delivering the COVID-19 vaccines.

"Public health advice, based on the latest information from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), now recommends that all individuals aged 18 years and over in NSW, including adults under 60 years of age, should consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine, including COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca."

The spokesperson said NSW Health "has also authorised pharmacists to offer AstraZeneca vaccination to anyone aged 18 years or over without precautions or contraindications who has had the opportunity for a discussion in relation to the risks and benefits of vaccination, and has provided fully informed consent".

As people are contacted about the rescheduling of their first dose of Pfizer, they will be provided with information about the rescheduling of their bookings, the spokesperson said.

"You can check for available GP appointments via the Australian Government eligibility checker."