Caring for patients with post–COVID-19 conditions

Vaccination following infection

Vaccination following infection

While prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 and/or presence of post–COVID-19 sequalae does not contraindicate COVID-19 vaccination, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) now advise that “all people are recommended to defer COVID-19 vaccination for 3 months after a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection”27. Vaccination at this time should be encouraged, where the person is eligible.

During recovery, patients might require temporary exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. You can record a patient’s temporary vaccination exemption on the Australian Immunisation Register using the immunisation medical exemption form (IM011). Refer to the ATAGI expanded guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines and relevant state/territory public health directions for further information on which patients might be suitable for a temporary exemption, what is and is not a valid exemption, and how to appropriately record an exemption. If uncertain, seek advice from your medical defence organisation.

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