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TGA provisionally approves the Biocelect Pty Ltd (Novavax) COVID-19 vaccine, NUVAXOVID, for use in individuals aged 12-17 years

25 July 2022

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Biocelect Pty Ltd (on behalf of Novavax Inc.) COVID-19 vaccine, NUVAXOVID, for use in individuals aged 12-17 years. The decision follows provisional approvals on 19 January 2022 for the use of NUVAXOVID in adults, on 9 June 2022 the NUVAXOVID booster dose for use in adults.

As with adults, the vaccine should be administered in adolescents intramuscularly as a course of 2 doses 21 days apart. The vaccine contains the same ingredients as those used in older age groups.

In making this decision, the TGA considered data from a phase III, randomised, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled study, which was conducted in United States and included over 2200 participants aged 12-17 years. This study showed that the safety profile and efficacy in adolescents is similar to that seen in adults.

The decision to provisionally approve the vaccine was also informed by expert advice from the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV), an independent committee with expertise in scientific, medical and clinical fields including consumer representation. The TGA will publish the Australian Public Assessment Report relating to this provisional approval in the coming days.

Provisional approval of this vaccine for individuals 12 years and older is subject to certain strict conditions, such as the requirement for Biocelect Pty Ltd (on behalf of Novavax Inc.) to continue providing information to the TGA on longer term efficacy and safety. As an extra check, the TGA laboratories will undertake batch assessment of each batch of the vaccine before it can be supplied in Australia.

Further information relating to dosing, eligibility for booster doses and interchangeability between vaccines can be found in the Product Information (PI) document, available on the TGA website.

The potential use of this vaccine in the national COVID-19 vaccination program in this age group will be considered by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) who will provide advice to the Government in the coming weeks.

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