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Coronavirus disaster: TGA approves Pfizer for kids aged 5-11 with rollout to start in new year

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the national medical regulator has approved the Pfizer vaccine for Australian children aged five to 11 with the rollout to start in January.

About 2.3 million children fall in this age cohort with the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirming the dose given to the children will be one-third of the amount administered to people aged 12 and over — because of their active immune systems and that it will provide the same level of protection.

The vaccine will be given in two doses at least three weeks apart as it has been done with other age groups.

Mr Hunt said the rollout would start from January 10 before the start of the new school year — subject to advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

“The Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia’s medical regulator, has approved access for five to 11-year-olds to the Pfizer vaccine.,” Mr Hunt said on Sunday.

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