Following advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), children aged between 12 and 15 years with epilepsy are now eligible can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
This update also applies to children with other specific medical conditions, those who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or live in a remote community.
After careful consideration, ATAGI now recommends the vaccine for children at a higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. ATAGI has reviewed available data on the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12 to 15, while considering the risk of COVID-19 in this age group, and evidence of wider benefits and risks of vaccinating children.
Alongside this, the government recently announced that from August 30, all Australians aged 16 to 39 will be eligible for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. If you’d like to check your eligibility, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker at https://www.health.gov.au/
To make an appointment, speak to your local GP or visit the Hot Doc website.