Omicron booster jab is given the green light for use in Australia

Omicron booster shot that targets two variants of the virus has been provisionally given the green light for use in Australia

The Australian medical regulator has provisionally given the green light for the first COVID-19 booster injection for two Omicron variants.

The Pfizer jab is intended for individuals 12 years and older and targets the BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

Approval was granted Friday.

The green light has been provisionally given for the first COVID booster shot for two Omicron variants

A booster for the BA.1 variant and the original bivalent vaccine – that is when the original virus strain is included in the vaccine – was approved in October.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration said studies showed the vaccine helped produce neutralizing antibodies against the variants and original strains a month after the booster.

It also provided protection against a number of other variants.

“Evidence from extensive use in the US and Europe in recent months has also shown that this booster provides marked reductions in hospitalization and death,” the regulator said in a statement.

The vaccine rollout has yet to be ticked off, with Australia’s immunization technical advisory group set to provide advice to the government in the coming weeks.