Children aged 5 to 11 can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
It is now recommended that all people should wait for 3 months after a confirmed case of COVID infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible after this period. A longer gap between infection and vaccination is likely to lead to a better immune response and result in longer protection from reinfection.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer vaccine for Australian children aged 5 to 11 years.
The TGA has approved a special paediatric dose for children aged 5 to 11 which is one-third of the size approved for people aged 12 and over. Expert medical advice is that the paediatric dose is both safe and effective.
Children will receive two doses, eight weeks apart.
Where to get the vaccine
Clinics are running at community locations across the state. These clinics are delivering paediatric (children's) doses. Bookings are preferred however walk-ins are welcome at these community clinics.
Vaccinations are also available for children aged 5 to 11 at participating GPs. To find a GP, visit the Australian Government Clinic Finder.
How to book
If you are using the online booking 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.
Preparing for your vaccination appointment
Before going to a vaccination appointment, we suggest you read the My Immunisation Action Plan which:
- makes suggestions such as bringing headphones or sunglasses with you
- explains using a Buzzy - a small vibrating plastic bee with blue ice-pack wings which is placed on a child's arm to help block pain and distract a child getting vaccinated
- asks you to think about what clothes your child should wear which will make it easier for the immuniser to access their arm
- suggests you talk about who is taking your child/children to their appointment and how you will get to the clinic
- has suggestions on how your child can sit comfortably while getting vaccinated.
Fill out the plan and bring it with you to your appointment. Give the plan to the immunising team who will use the information provided to support you through the vaccination process.
Attending children’s clinics
Children must go the appointment with a parent or guardian who must give consent for the child’s vaccination.
Due to COVID restrictions:
- Bookings are required for each child
- 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.
Parents are strongly encouraged to get children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated for many reasons:
- Protect your child – Most children who get COVID-19 have a mild illness. However, children with no history of health conditions can become very unwell. Children have a higher risk of being seriously ill or being admitted to hospital if they have certain medical conditions including:
- chronic lung disease
- congenital heart disease
- neurological disease
The best way to protect your child is the vaccine.
- Stay in school – Infected children often miss out on school and other activities. Vaccination helps protect children from getting sick with COVID-19.