Should we start vaccinating healthy children against COVID-19?

A leading infectious diseases specialist says it's not a priority and cautions the benefit to children and to the community could be limited

Australia should not rush into universal vaccination of children and adolescents against COVID-19 given their low risk of severe illness and death, leading paediatricians say.

Child vaccine

As the highly infectious Delta variant continues to wreak havoc, there is growing debate about whether those aged 12-15 should be prioritised in the vaccine rollout, given approval of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine in that age group.

Recent outbreaks affecting Brisbane and Melbourne schools, as well as a rising number of Delta variant