Childhood Jabs Gets Green Light as TGA Gives Preliminary Approval for Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 – Here’s Everything You Need to Know
- Covid-19 vaccines will be available in January for children as young as five years old
- TGA Has Preliminary Approval for Pfizer Shots for Children Ages 5-11
- The dose will be only a third of the adult dose and will be a different brand
The Pfizer vaccine is tentatively approved for use in Australian children ages 5-11, the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed on Saturday.
Jabs for children in that age group will be rolled out by the government starting Jan. 10, subject to final approvals.
Obviously the first shipment will arrive in Australia before Christmas.
“The government expects to receive recommendations from ATAGI in the coming weeks on how to integrate this safe and effective vaccine into Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program,” said Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.
The pediatric dose is only a third of the adult dose, he said, and the children’s vaccine will come in a different orange packaging than the purple or gray branding for adults.
The first and second doses for children will be given three weeks apart.
The Pfizer vaccine is tentatively approved for use in children ages 5-11, the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed on Saturday (pictured, stock photo of a child being vaccinated against illness)
Mr Hunt added: ‘Subject to ATAGI’s advice, vaccinating Australia’s approximately 2.3 million children aged 5 to 11 years will build on the rapid uptake of vaccination in children aged 12 to 15 years.
“In just 11 weeks, more than 76.6 percent of this group has had at least one dose of vaccine, and 67.5 percent have completed the two-dose vaccination course.
Across the country, 87.9 per cent of Australians aged 16 and over have been fully vaccinated. More than 92.8 percent have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.”
Mr Hunt previously said that Moderna booster doses for the general population are also planned, with confirmation by Christmas or sooner.
Jabs for children in that age group will now be rolled out by the government starting Jan. 10, subject to final approvals (pictured, a dose of Pfizer vaccine)
“I’m getting my booster in the next 10 days, so that could be a really good option to get that message across,” he said.
The TGA is also making progress with the protein-based Novavax vaccine and could approve doses before Christmas to become available in the new year.
ATAGI has decided not to shorten the six-month period within which one receives a booster, because previous boosters have not been proven to offer extra protection against the Omicron variant.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said it’s too early to tell if the strain will lead to more hospitalizations or deaths, but there’s some evidence that it’s the same or milder than current variants.