Australia vaccinating children against COVID-19 from early next year

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program will be extended to all children aged 5 to 11 from 10 January 2022 after the Australian Government accepted recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

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On 5 December 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine for use among 5 to 11-year-old children in Australia. 

The TGA’s provisional approval was based on a careful evaluation of available data to support its safety and efficacy among this age group. 

Research shows that the Pfizer vaccine is up to 91 per cent effective in children. Parents, carers and guardians can be reassured that by vaccinating their children against COVID-19 they have done everything possible to keep their child safe from this virus. 

Children will receive 2 dose of the vaccine, 8 weeks apart. The children’s dose one third of the dose for people aged 12 years and over.

Bookings will be open on 15 December 2021 using the Vaccine Clinic Finder, with appointments available from 10 January 2022. 

Children will be able to receive vaccinations through GPs, state and territory-run clinics, pharmacies, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Commonwealth Vaccination Centres. 

Find a local vaccine provider and book in for an appointment using the Vaccine Clinic Finder. If unable to find a suitable appointment, please check back regularly as more appointments will become available.

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