COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years old
COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for children aged 5 to 11.
Who is eligible?
All children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for vaccination.
Some children have an increased risk from COVID-19. This includes:
- children aged 5 to 11 years with underlying conditions
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- children living in crowded conditions or outbreak areas.
Children aged 5 to 11 years who have previously had COVID-19 can receive the vaccine once they have recovered from their illness. ATAGI recommends waiting 3 months since a confirmed COVID-19 infection before receiving your next recommended dose as soon as possible.
Book an appointment
You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080 for assistance.
A free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) 131 450 is also available.
For people aged 5 to 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.
About vaccination for children
Vaccination against COVID-19 is now recommended for children aged 5 to 11 years.
The Department of Education also strongly recommends that all eligible students (and their families) who are 5 years and older get vaccinated.
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.
The Pfizer (Comirnaty) children’s vaccine is approved for children aged 5 to 11 years. The dose is around 1/3 of the dose for people aged 12 years and older.
The Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine is approved for use in children aged 6 to 11. The dose is around ½ of the dose for people aged 12 years and older.
For both vaccines, children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, given 8 weeks apart.
Parents are encouraged to get their child vaccinated as soon as possible. Talk to your GP if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccination for your child.
COVID-19 vaccination for your child video
A virus is something that can make people sick. By being brave, we can help defeat a virus, you probably know, it's a virus called COVID-19. To try to stop people from catching and getting sick from COVID-19, we've all had to make some changes. We wash our hands more, wear a mask, and we stay home if we're not feeling well. Now there's a way to help stop people getting sick from COVID-19. It's called a vaccine. You've probably had a few before for things like chickenpox. A vaccine is a medicine that helps protect you and the people you love from viruses. It helps teach your body how to fight the virus, so you don't get sick. Just like a superpower. Getting a vaccine, it's super quick. Some kids say they don't feel it. Some say it's like a little sting. And some say it hurts a bit. Tell your nurse or doctor how it felt for you. If you want to you can sit on a grownup's lap to get your vaccine and have a hug. Or you can even watch a favourite song or show. It's okay to feel a bit worried. That will be over before you know it. And then you'll feel super brave for helping protect everyone from COVID-19. Let's do this.