COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 - 11 years old
COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for children aged 5 – 11 from January 2022.
About vaccination for children
Vaccination against COVID-19 is now recommended for children aged 5 – 11 years.
Evidence shows vaccination offers excellent protection against COVID-19 in children. Even though COVID-19 in children is often milder than in adults, there’s strong evidence to support vaccinating children.
Vaccines give the immune system a helping hand to protect against serious illness and possible long-term effects from COVID-19. Vaccination also helps to protect friends, family and the community by reducing spread of the virus.
The Pfizer (Comirnaty) children’s vaccine is the approved COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 – 11 years in Australia. The dose is around 1/3 of the dose for people aged 12 years and older.
Children will receive two doses of the vaccine, given 8 weeks apart. In certain circumstances, the second dose can be brought forward to 3 weeks after the first dose, including:
- in an outbreak response
- prior to the initiation of significant immunosuppression
- before international travel.
Parents are encouraged to book a vaccination appointment for their child as soon as possible. Talk to your GP if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccination for your child.
Who is eligible?
All children aged 5 – 11 are eligible for vaccination.
Some children have an increased risk from COVID-19. This includes:
- children aged 5-11 years with underlying conditions
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- children living in crowded conditions or outbreak areas.
Children aged 5-11 years who have previously had COVID-19 can receive the vaccine once they have recovered from their illness.
For people aged 5 – 11, consent is required from a parent or guardian at booking and at the appointment.
If the parent or guardian is unable to attend the appointment, a nominated accompanying adult can be identified during the booking process.
See the Consent for COVID-19 Vaccination for further information.
Book an appointment
Find a location near you on the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
Accessible clinics are available. Clinic accessibility features may include wheelchair access, low sensory pathways, AUSLAN interpreters, fast track access and other support.