The next phase of Australia’s Covid-19 Vaccine program began today.
Children aged 5-11 years old are now able to get immunised against Covid-19 using Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine. Pfizer have developed a lower strength dose for this age group.
At the GP Practice I work at in North Queensland parents and children are very enthusiastic about the expansion of immunisation to younger children. All the appointments allocated to children’s covid vaccines are fully booked for the next two weeks.
Children can also go to the walk-in vaccine centre run by Queensland Health or to local participating pharmacies.
Many families are keen to have their children immunised before the start of the academic year which in Australia is usually at the end of January but in Queensland has been delayed due to the high numbers of covid-19 cases.
According to the clinical trial done by Pfizer their vaccine for 5-11 years old children is 90.7% effective at preventing symptomatic disease and side effects are less common compared to older children.
If you live in Australia you can find your nearest vaccine location use the following link: