ATAGI greenlights Pfizer vax for kids with an eight-week interval

The COVID-19 vaccine should not be mandatory for youngsters, the immunisation specialists add

ATAGI has backed an eight-week interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses for 5-11-year-olds, saying the longer gap could boost efficacy and minimise adverse events.

Children

The expert group has also endorsed co-administration of Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine with any other childhood vaccine, as this is unlikely to affect vaccine effectiveness.

The rollout for younger children will start on 10 January now that ATAGI has issued detailed recommendations, Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced on Friday

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