Kids are Rolling Up For WA!
By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth | Created in collaboration with the WA Government 27 Jan 2022
Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible to roll up for a COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect your child while at school, playdates, sporting events and group activities.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended a smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) for children aged 5 to 11.
The paediatric Pfizer vaccine will be administered in two doses, with the recommended interval between first and second dose being eight weeks.
Bookings are essential. Parents and guardians can book their child in for a vaccination at a State-run clinic through VaccinateWA, or with participating GPs and pharmacies by contacting those providers directly.
For more information or to book your child’s vaccination, visit rollupforwa.gov.au
Why vaccinate your child?
Parent Thoughts | Rolling up for WA
This is six-year-old Theia photographed at her first COVID-19 vaccination.
Theia joins her mum, dad and big sister, who have all rolled up their sleeves for WA.
Her mum, Sheela, felt confident to have her children vaccinated after doing her own extensive research using reliable health resources.
“We discussed the decision to have everyone vaccinated as a family,” Sheela said.
“The head nurse who was at the Claremont Clinic was very accommodating and had so much patience.”
Sheela said that Theia handled her vaccination like a pro.
“Theia was perfectly fine at her vaccination and was full of beans after it was all done,” she said.
For more information on booking your child’s vaccination visit rollupforwa.com.au
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can children and adolescents get the COVID-19 vaccine?
All Western Australians aged 5 years and over are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Which vaccines are being offered to children and adolescents?
The Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds is now available. It is recommended that two doses are given, 8 weeks apart.
- Why are children aged 5-11 being offered the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccination of young people provides direct protection against COVID-19 illness. This protects others and helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Millions of children and adolescents around the world have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of early December 2021, over 4.8 million children aged 5-11 years have received at least one dose of the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, and over 1.4 million have received two doses.
- How do I know the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccines is safe for children aged 5-11? What testing has been completed?
All vaccines undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are safe before being made available to people in Western Australia. Vaccines are only available to Australians