Australians will need a third jab in order to be considered fully vaccinated, according to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
All individuals aged 16 years and over are recommended to receive a third booster to maintain an “up-to-date” status. This booster is now recommended from three months after the last primary dose.
Those individuals who do not get a third booster will be classified as “overdue”.
The ATAGI findings were presented to the National Cabinet yesterday, with state governments set to decide what to do with the advice.
What each state and territory decides will determine whether there will be further challenges for the event and tourism sectors, which are still grappling with the differing approaches to Covid restrictions nationwide.
The Federal Government is so far sticking to its earlier declaration that international visitors will only need two jabs to be classified as fully vaccinated.
But with each state now able to decide what defines fully vaccinated Australia could end up with a de facto closed border by default.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has previously indicated he would mandate a third jab for anyone wanting to visit the state including international tourists.
But Flight Centre boss Graham Turner said requiring international tourists to have a third jab would shut out more than two-thirds of visitors from the top 10 countries.
“It would send Australia right back into basically closed borders again,” he told The Courier Mail.
“There’s no reason to do it. The health system is coping.
“If there’s any question of the borders shutting again it will do enormous damage.”