Fewer side effects in children's COVID-19 vaccines than overseas trials

Survey responses after almost 400,000 vaccines in children show adverse event rate lower

Australian data show COVID-19 vaccine side effects in children are "reassuringly" lower than reported in early overseas trials.

About a quarter of five- to 11-year-olds had at least one side effect the first three days after the first and second dose of Comirnaty.

Just 4% of five-year-olds experienced fever following vaccination, say researchers from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS).

And less than 1% of children sought medical help because of a vaccine effect