The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has formally approved COVID-19 vaccinations for kids aged 12 to 15.
In new recommendations made public in the past few minutes, they say vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended for all individuals from 12 years of age, extending the current recommendation for those aged 16 years and older.
“A two-dose schedule using Comirnaty (Pfizer), the only vaccine currently registered for use in Australia in this age group, is recommended.
“Recommendations on the use of Spikevax (Moderna) for adolescents will be finalised following the decision on provisional registration of Spikevax (Moderna) in this age group.”
National cabinet will today consider plans to add kids to the national rollout.
ATAGI says “vaccinating adolescents is anticipated to reduce disruption to their education by preventing disease and reducing potential transmission and outbreaks in schools.
“Prolonged absence from face-to-face learning in school can have considerable psycho-social and educational impacts on children, and vaccination of all adolescents (alongside vaccination of school staff) offers benefit in mitigating against this.”