The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation ATAGI) has recommended that certain groups of children be prioritised for vaccination using the Pfizer vaccine.
ATAGI says that children aged 12-15 years of age who have specified medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and those in remote communities should be prioritised. The Commonwealth has accepted this recommendation and these groups will become eligible under the COVID-19 program from 9 August 2021.
This statement follows the approval by the TGA of vaccines for this purpose. See the statement issued 2 August 2021 from ATAGI here.
ATAGI said it will make recommendations on the vaccine’s use in all other children in the 12-15 years age group within the coming months.