The TGA on Wednesday said the third dose would only be given at least six months after completing a “COVID-19 vaccine primary series”.
Australians who received two jabs of AstraZeneca or Moderna will still be eligible for the Pfizer booster.
Health Minister Greg Hunt declared the announcement an “important step” as Australia continues to move forward from the coronavirus pandemic.
“It will mean that Australia will be one of the most highly vaccinated societies in the world,” Mr Hunt said during a press conference on Wednesday morning.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for Australians aged 18 years and over
“One of the most recently vaccinated communities in the world. And one of the first to receive a whole population booster program.”
Mr Hunt said the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) will provide final advice on the booster jab. 
Subject to ATAGI advice, he expects the booster program will begin no later than November 8. 
“We have the supplies, we have a distribution mechanism, we will work with the states, the GPs, the pharmacies, the Commonwealth vaccination clinics, the indigenous vaccination clinics to ensure that everybody is in place,” he said.
The booster jabs will first be rolled out to original priority groups, including people in aged care and disability care settings, Mr Hunt said.
Pfizer booster program to begin imminently
“And then finally, as I say, it’s a universal booster and so it is available for a Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna,” Mr Hunt said.
“As people come to the six-month plus timeframe since a second dose, Pfizer will be available.”
The Health Minister said people remain fully vaccinated with two doses of a vaccine but the booster “will provide additional protection and peace of mind for Australians”.
TGA Deputy Secretary Professor John Skerritt said, “As the minister said, it is important to reinforce two doses of each of the approved vaccines provide excellent protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and death.”
“We do know that boosters may give additional protection against mild COVID and they may have an impact on having transmission and we do know that in the elderly and compromised that an additional dose is valuable. It may provide reassurance for frontline health workers.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt declared the announcement is an “important step” as Australia continues to move forward from the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Sam Mooy/Getty Images
The government also expects that Moderna will shortly apply to the TGA for registration of booster doses for their vaccine.
Australia is “well prepared” to administer the boosters with more than 151 million Pfizer, Novavax and Moderna vaccines already secured for supply into the future.
More than 87 per cent of eligible Australians aged 16 and over have received a least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 74 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Australians who are severely immunocompromised have been able to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose since October 11.

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