Australian children below 12 years old could get vaccinated against Covid-19 in January if there are no delays, Greg Hunt, the Health Minister, has said. The vaccine rate for children between 12 and 15 is 70%.
Hunt told ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday that children under 12 are expected to be vaccinated from “the first part of January” “hopefully early January.”He stated that the matter was being investigated. “in the hands of the medical experts,”Who “operate independently,”They were. “going as quickly as possible.”
Though plans to vaccinate children against Covid-19 have sparked fierce debate worldwide, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cleared the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 this month.
Pfizer asserts that the vaccine is over-90% effective for children within the same age group, but children who do not have pre-existing medical conditions will be the most vulnerable to long-term damage from Covid.
Australian government statistics indicate that 92% of Australians 16 years and over have been given at least one Covid-19 dose. Only 82.8% are completely vaccinated. Vaccination is at its highest in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales – which are just 5% and 9% away from 100% vaccination respectively – and is at its lowest in Queensland and Western Australia.
Australia’s 12-15-year-old children have received at most one vaccine, and 57% of them are full vaccinated.
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