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BREAKING: TGA gives provisional approval for Pfizer jabs for Aussie kids aged 5-11

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BREAKING: TGA gives approval for Pfizer jabs for Aussie kids aged 5-11

The Pfizer vaccine has been provisionally approved for use in Australian children aged 5-11, the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed on Saturday.

Jabs for children in that age group will now start to be rolled out by the government from January 10, subject to final approvals. 

It is understood the first shipment is due to arrive in Australia sometime before Christmas.

‘The Government expects to receive ATAGI’s recommendations on how to incorporate this safe and effective vaccine into Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program over the coming weeks,’ said federal health minister Greg Hunt. 

The dose for children is just one-third of the adult dose, he said, and the children’s vaccine will be in different orange packaging from the adult purple or grey branding.

The first and second doses for children will be given three weeks apart.

Hunt added: ‘Subject to advice from ATAGI, vaccinating the approximately 2.3 million children aged 5 to 11 in Australia will build on the rapid uptake of vaccination among children aged 12 to 15. 

‘In just 11 weeks, more than 76.6 percent of this group have had at least one dose of vaccine, with 67.5 percent having completed their two-dose course of vaccination.

‘Across the country, 87.9 percent of Australians aged 16 or over are fully vaccinated. More than 92.8 percent have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.’

Hunt earlier said Moderna booster doses for the general population are also on the cards, with confirmation by Christmas or sooner.

‘I’m due to get my booster in the next 10 days, so that might be a very good option to show that message,’ he said.

The TGA is also making progress on the protein-based Novavax vaccine and could issue a pre-Christmas approval for doses to become available in the new year. 

ATAGI has decided not to shorten the six-month timeframe in which people are advised to get a booster, due to earlier boosters not being proven to provide extra protection against the Omicron variant.

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