ACT Government vaccination bookings to open for children aged 12-15 next week

From Monday 20 September all Canberra children aged 12-15 years will be able to book a Pfizer vaccination appointment at an ACT Government clinic.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said making vaccinations available to all 12 to 15-year-olds is a critical part of our response to COVID-19.

“The ACT Government has maintained that we should be including everybody 12 and over in our vaccination targets,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

“Giving 12 to 15-year-olds the ability to book at an ACT Government mass vaccination clinic will help us get more Canberrans vaccinated faster and it will also help the Territory reach our vaccination targets faster.

“There are about 25,000 children in this age group in the Territory. This is a relatively small cohort compared to other groups we have released bookings for previously, but it is a very important group.

“While there is a lower risk of severe disease in children, we have seen through our current outbreak the potential for the Delta variant to spread through school-aged children.

“Getting our children vaccinated protects them, their families and the whole community.”

The ACT Government is also reminding Canberrans that there is a range of vaccination options available.

“There are only a small number of Pfizer appointments available at ACT Government mass vaccination clinics before November and we are not receiving Moderna,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

“People should therefore consider checking with GPs and pharmacies to secure a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination through the Commonwealth’s primary care program.

“While we hope to release new appointments as increasing vaccine supply allows, the fastest path to getting your children vaccinated may be talking to your trusted health professional.

“There are two vaccines approved for 12 to 15-year-olds in Australia, with Pfizer available from participating GPs already, and Moderna expected to be available from participating pharmacies from 20 September.

“I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated as quickly as possible. Vaccinating children and young people against COVID-19 is a key part of our response to the pandemic.”

The ACT Government will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government and healthcare providers to ensure we deliver a safe, effective and accessible COVID-19 vaccine program in the ACT.

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