Australians aged 12 to 15 have been approved to receive the Pfizer vaccine from next month, according to the country’s vaccination advisory body.
Bookings for adolescents in that age group will open on 13 September after its use has been approved by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATGI).
“A high level of evidence indicating strong immunogenicity and vaccine efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 in adolescents from clinical trials of Komirnati (Pfizer) and SpikeVax (Moderna),” ATAGI said in a statement. Huh.” .
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison noted that rolling out the vaccine for that age group would accelerate the current campaign to vaccinate most of the population.
“There are 1.2 million (12 to 15-year-olds) across Australia, and you can see that while we can only get 1.8 million doses a week, the task of making sure we do, in parallel, 1.2 million. Vaccination can also be done for 12 to 15-year-olds and achieving the levels that we will need to achieve there is a task that is certainly within the capability of the immunization programme,” he told reporters on Thursday. .
The Prime Minister also envisaged the GP network as a facilitator for child immunization. “It provides an opportunity for the family to get vaccinated, the family in those age groups to come together,” he said.
Pfizer’s vaccines will also be available through pharmacists, vaccination centers and state-run vaccine centers.
Australian Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said more children were becoming infected in 2021, partly because more adults were vaccinated.
“While the numbers are there and we are finding cases in children, most are in family groups, some belonging to school clusters,” he said. “But almost entirely, the disease in children is much less severe than it is in adults.”
About 260,000 children with weakened immune systems, disabilities, underlying health conditions or indigenous were already eligible for vaccination.
Australian leaders are pinning their hopes on vaccination targets to get the country out of continued lockdown and public health restrictions.
In late July, the National Cabinet – an intergovernmental body comprising the prime minister and state and territory leaders – agreed on a four-stage vaccination roadmap.
At the 70 percent vaccination mark, phase B will begin, where stay-at-home orders and restrictions are still possible, but unlikely.
Upon reaching the 80 percent vaccination target, Phase C has begun, and the country will begin to reopen international borders. However, the lockdown would need to be “highly targeted”, while vaccinated residents would be exempted from home restrictions.
Meanwhile, the state of New South Wales (NSW) announced on Thursday that some basic “freedom” would be offered to fully vaccinated Australians, after the state administered 6 million jabs.
Starting September 13, vaccinated residents of the country’s most populous state will be allowed an additional hour of “recreation” time on top of an hour of exercise already allowed.
The move received a mixed response from leading Australian epidemiologists.
Professor Nancy Baxter, head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, said: “I think Gladys put herself in a corner politically, because she basically promised to do something for six million.”
“I think easing restrictions is very strange when there is clearly an outbreak going on,” she said. Guardian.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times