From education disruption to social isolation, Australia's children and young people have experienced huge disruptions due to the pandemic.
While children may be less likely to get COVID, they are still at risk of catching and spreading the disease. That’s why vaccination is our way out of this pandemic.
In Australia, the COVID-19 vaccination is currently free, safe and recommended for everyone aged 12 years and over. Read on for everything you need to know about young people getting vaccinated.
Can my child get a COVID vaccine?
Yes! If your child is aged 12 and over in Australia, you can now book a COVID-19 vaccine. You can book through the Vaccine Clinic Finder here
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for people 12 years and older. The government plans to expand the rollout to under 12s once the vaccine is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
If you’re a parent, you may be asked to consent to your child being vaccinated. In some states and territories, older adolescents may be able to provide their own consent.
I’m a young person aged over 12. Why should I get vaccinated against COVID-19?
There are many benefits to vaccination. Not only are you protecting yourself from catching and spreading the virus, but also reducing the risk of severe disease and long-term side effects.
The vaccine will also bring us together again. Once the majority of the country is vaccinated, we can look forward to reconnecting with family and friends, getting back to school and doing the things we love, such as team sports and travel.