TGA provisionally approves Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years old

Pfizer ANZ

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 29 SEPTEMBER 2022 – Pfizer has announced the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (COMIRNATYTM) has been granted provisional approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in children aged 6 months to under 5 years old.

While children who experience COVID-19 are less likely to develop severe illness compared with adults, they are still at risk of developing severe illness and complications from COVID-19, including Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, and long COVID.

Children under 5 years also have a higher risk of diseases that overlap with COVID-19 including pneumonia, and other viral upper respiratory tract infections.

COVID-19 remains an everyday part of our lives, and the potential for continued spread of COVID-19 in childcare and preschools also remains.

“Today’s provisional approval is an important reminder for parents to speak to their healthcare professional about COVID-19 vaccination,” said Dr Krishan Thiru, Pfizer Australia and New Zealand’s Medical Director.

For children 6 months to 5 years old, a primary vaccination course consists of three doses of the COMIRNATY vaccine.

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