Children aged 5 to 11 will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from 10 January 2022.
The Tasmanian Government is committed to giving every primary school age child the opportunity to have at least one dose of the vaccine before schools return from summer holidays in February.
The Pfizer vaccine has been provisionally approved for use in Australia for children aged 5 to 11 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
The TGA has approved a special paediatric dose of the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 that is one-third of the size approved for people aged 12 and over.
Children will receive two doses, eight weeks apart.
The expert medical advice – based on evidence from other countries – is that the special paediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine is both safe and effective for children.
Where to get the vaccine
Special children’s clinics will be held at community locations across the state exclusively for 5-11-year-olds - bookings are essential.
Children aged 5 to 11 cannot receive the vaccine at other community clinics for people over the age of 12. This is because the paediatric dose of the vaccine for children is not currently provided at these clinics.
Vaccinations will also be available for children aged 5 to 11 at participating GPs. To find a GP, visit the Australian Government Clinic Finder.
Pharmacies are not currently involved in the rollout for this age group at this stage.
How to book
If you are a parent/guardian booking a child into a 5-11 years clinic using the online system, you will need to register the child for their own account. You cannot use your own account, but you can use the same email address or phone number for a child's account.
Children’s clinics start from 10 January 2022.
Attending children’s clinics
Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian who must give consent for the child’s vaccination.
Due to COVID restrictions:
- Parents must book an appointment for each child
- Children are requested to be accompanied by one parent or guardian where possible
- All people over the age of 12 must wear a mask at vaccination clinics.
Benefits of vaccination
Vaccination is voluntary and not mandatory for children to attend school.
Parents are strongly encouraged to get children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated for many reasons:
- Protect your child – Although most children who get COVID-19 have a mild illness, some, including children with no history of health conditions can become very unwell. Children with certain medical conditions, including chronic lung disease, congenital heart disease, neurological disease, obesity and immunocompromise, have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill or needing to be admitted to hospital if they get COVID-19. The best way to protect your child is the vaccine.
- Protect others – Young people experience the highest rates of COVID-19 and are the biggest spreaders of the virus from household to household due to their high levels of social activity. Children who are vaccinated are less likely to catch COVID-19 and to pass the virus on to others. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 may help minimise school closures and other disruptions.
- Stay in school – Infected children often miss out on school and other activities. Vaccination helps protect children from getting sick with COVID-19.