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COVID-19 vaccinations for children

COVID-19 Vaccinations For Children To Start From Today – Australia Braces For Mass Drive

Children between 5 to 11 years are set to be vaccinated, starting today. At least 92% of the country’s adult population is fully vaccinated and it is time to roll out the vaccines for children as well. Local GPs and pharmacies are both scheduled to carry most of the responsibility for the impending job. 

Children are more immune, in general, to the pandemic but they can still act as carriers and can thus pose a threat to family members, mostly the elderly. It is absolutely necessary to get the children vaccinated now for two glaring reasons. Firstly, avoiding the disease, albeit not as severe, but still a concern, is an obvious reason. Also, children have been missing out on offline schools for some time now. It is important to send the children back to schools so that their education is carried on in a proper manner.

Dr Clark, a specialist in treating children infected by the virus, mentioned the aforementioned points and further added that the little one can be a giant threat to their family members as carriers. The concerned authorities have reported that the children will be administered with Pfizer-manufactured vaccines.

Parents Facing Issues Booking For a Vaccine

Naturally, parents are shuffling to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. However, some have reported issues and problems with booking a slot. The biggest reason behind this mismanagement is that local GPs and pharmacies are not clear about the initial supplies.

Queensland’s Health Minister has mentioned that the body responsible for administration is the commonwealth. Since the aforementioned has received the majority of supplies, GPs and pharmacies should brace themselves for a large demand. Bookings are coming in thick and the healthcare system should be ready to serve everyone.

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be given a dose that is lowered as compared to children above 11 years old. Reports suggest that the Pfizer vaccine has been very effective in children in dealing with the Delta variant as well as the Omicron variant.