Australia Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance List During Disruptions
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed it had assessed the protection offered by certain COVID-19 vaccines. In this initial report, the TGA assessed six vaccines that have been widely deployed in countries Australia normally receives international arrivals.
The TGA's initial advice is that CoronaVac and CoviShield vaccines be considered 'recognized vaccines' for incoming international travelers to be regarded as appropriately vaccinated.
"Recognition" status does not constitute Australian regulatory approval, as regulatory approval would enable a company to provide that vaccine for administration within Australia.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been granted provisional approval in Australia: Comirnaty, Vaxzevria, Spikevax, and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen are also recognized for incoming travelers.
At this point, the TGA has received insufficient data to conclude as to the protection offered by BIBP-CorV (Sinopharm), Covaxin (Bharat Biotech), Sputnik V (Gamaleya Institute), and Convidecia (CanSino).
These vaccines could be recognized in the coming weeks or months as more data becomes available.
'Our decisions around recognition will therefore be updated at regular intervals,' says the TGA.
Separately, the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued Level 3 Travel Advisory for Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The U.S. Consulate General has received reports of a large protest currently taking place in Australia.
The protest is reportedly in opposition to the mandatory vaccination requirements and the construction industry shutdown. Previous demonstrations occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries and police action.
The U.S. Consulate General in Melbourne is currently closed for routine in-person consular services. U.S. citizens who need critical emergency services should contact [email protected] or call (03) 9526-5900.
And, Services provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney continue to be disrupted by the ongoing lockdown orders in NSW. In compliance with current guidelines, the U.S. Consulate General Sydney is providing only emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time. Routine services, including U.S. passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, notary, and visa services, are affected. Additionally, the U.S. Consulate General Sydney is relocating to a new facility shortly, affecting our ability to provide services.