Vaccinate your child to help protect them

Bookings for 5 to 11-year-olds

Children aged 5 to 11 can get vaccinated from 10 January 2022. Bookings at GPs and pharmacies are now available. Appointments locally are available at: 

You can also get your child vaccinated at your nearest state-run vaccination centre. Bookings are now open. Book online or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week.

Please note: To book online, you will need to register an account for your child using an email address that is not already registered on the system. This could be a new or alternative email address used by you or your child.

Vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds

Children aged 5 to 11 can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from 10 January 2022. They will receive a smaller dose of vaccine created specifically for their age group.

By vaccinating your children, you can:

  • Reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • Protect them from getting sick from COVID-19
  • Keep schools open, so children can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends.

Bookings are available at Victorian GPs and pharmacies using the Australian Government’s Vaccine Clinic Finder and at state vaccination centres.

Find out how to book an appointment today.

The recommended schedule for vaccination in this age group is 2 doses, 8 weeks apart.

The interval can be shortened to a minimum of 3 weeks in special circumstances. For example:

  • as part of an outbreak response
  • before the start of significant immunosuppression, or
  • before international travel.

Planning is underway to provide a safe and positive environment in which 5 to 11-year-olds can get vaccinated.

Make sure you prepare for your child’s vaccine appointment.

Follow our checklist to find out what you need to bring to make your child’s vaccination as smooth as possible.

Each child must be accompanied by one parent or guardian who will provide consent for vaccination. You can also provide your child with a signed consent form to take to their appointment if you cannot attend.

For COVIDSafe reasons, only one parent or guardian can attend a vaccination appointment with a child.

Some families have been enquiring about third doses for children. Third doses are only recommended for people aged 18 years and over at this time.

For more information:

Vaccines for 12 to 19-year-olds

Anyone aged 12 years and over is eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The recommended schedule for vaccination in this age group is 2 doses, 3 to 6 weeks apart.

People aged 18 and over can also receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Bookings are available at GP clinics and pharmacies through the Australian Government’s Vaccine Clinic Finder and at state vaccination centres.

Find out how to book an appointment today.

If you are aged 18 or over, you should get a third dose of vaccine four months after your second dose to help keep you protected against COVID-19.

Third doses are only recommended for people aged 18 years and over at this time.

Anyone who gets vaccinated must provide appropriate consent. Consent can be provided verbally.

  • A parent or guardian must provide consent to vaccinate a child aged 5 to 11, as the child will not be competent to consent for themselves as per the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) (MTPD Act)
  • People aged 12 to 17 may provide their own consent, if deemed to be a mature minor by a senior and experienced immuniser. That means a health professional assesses whether someone in this age group understands the information relevant to the decision to be vaccinated and the effect of that decision.
  • A child’s parent or guardian can attend the vaccine appointment with them.

Vaccination for young people with a disability or special requirements

Young people with a disability or special requirements can choose to get vaccinated at a vaccination centre with enhanced features, including on-site hearing augmentation devices and communication tools. For more information, visit the Vaccine information for people with a disability or special requirements page.

A number of dedicated pop-up clinics have also been set up, catering to people with disabilities and special requirements. We encourage people to use the Disability Support Officer (DLO) program to book an appointment at one of these clinics. For more information, including how to access the DLO program, visit the Vaccine information for people with a disability or special requirements page.

Guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people in out-of-home care

This guidance is provided to support the Care Services sector with information about eligibility, access, and consent to the COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people in care.

Useful resources

Letters to parents and carers

Additional resources

SOURCE: https://yeahospital.org.au/wp-admin/post.php?post=881&action=elementor

Date Updated: January 8th 2022A

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