The state government is currently in talks to have children under the age of 12 jabbed at their school.
In the US, vaccines are being given out to children as young as five, but in Australia, you have to be 12 to get the jab – leaving unvaccinated young children stuck enduring two weeks of quarantine if they come into contact with a positive case.
Pfizer plans to distribute its vaccine to the younger age group and has already begun its application at the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
NSW school children as young as five could soon receive the Covid-19 vaccine in their classroom
The state government is currently in talks to have children under the age of 12 jabbed at their school with hopes to speed up the rollout before the Christmas holidays (pictured, 12-year-old receives Pfizer vaccine in Melbourne)
NSW education minister Sarah Mitchell is also in talks with the health department about rolling out the vaccine on school grounds.
‘This is something I very much support,’ she said. ‘I want to make it as easy as possible for families to get their children vaccinated.’
Government sources have indicated a decision from the TGA could be made within the next month, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Professor Allen Chang, who is sitting on the panel that will make the decision, warned the approval process could take longer.
‘I wouldn’t expect that we’ll be vaccinating kids before the end of the school year, and maybe not even until early next year,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
Deputy chief medical officer Dr. Sonya Bennett said she expected a decision to be made before the end of the year.
‘I don’t think it will be months away at all, the decision,’ she said.
‘The program might be a while off, but I think we’ll have a decision I would think this year.’
The state government has also revealed Sydney’s mass Covid-19 vaccination hub at Qudos Bank Arena will be closed.
Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the center would shut its doors on Sunday, after delivering more than 360,000 vaccine doses since opening on August 9.
NSW education minister Sarah Mitchell is already in talks with the health department about rolling out the vaccine on school grounds
The arena will return to hosting sport and entertainment events from Monday.
Mr. Perrottet said it was an important milestone in the state’s vaccination program, as it transitions to giving booster shots to adults who received their second jab six months ago.
‘It is very clear that this booster program here in our state is going to be critical in order to keep people safe and ensure we can keep NSW open,’ he said while touring the new Granville Centre vaccination clinic.
The centre in Sydney’s west can deliver up to 1000 vaccine doses a day and will open on Monday when restrictions ease across the state for vaccinated people.