SECOND Pfizer doses at Community Vaccination Hubs in Gippsland will now be administered at least six weeks after the first jab, in a bid to get more people protected.

“Giving the second jab after six weeks will help give more Gippslanders some level of protection against the virus, allowing more people to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks as more first dose bookings will become available in the system as a result of this change,” the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit said.

“The change is consistent with Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines that advises dosing intervals can be adjusted according to epidemiological conditions and other factors, ensuring efficacy of the vaccine remains.

“There is no change to people who already had their second Pfizer dose booked and they should attend their appointment as planned.

“There is no change to the interval for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Commonwealth vaccination providers, such as GPs and Aboriginal community Controlled Health Organisations, will continue to provide second doses at an interval of three weeks.”