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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – children aged 12 to 15

ATAGI advice on COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in people aged 12 to 15 years.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has provided advice on eligibility criteria for vaccination with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 12 to 15.

The Australian Government has accepted this advice, and from 9 August onwards, specific groups of adolescents aged 12 to 15 years who have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Which children are now eligible?

  • Children aged 12-15 with specified medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, including:
    • severe asthma
    • diabetes,
    • obesity
    • cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies (heart conditions)
    • neuro developmental disorders
    • epilepsy
    • immunocompromised (incl leukaemia, lymphoma and cancer sufferers)
    • trisomy 21


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 12-15

When can eligible children start getting vaccinated?

Children aged 12 to 15 with underlying medical conditions or who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will be prioritised for Pfizer vaccines from 9 August 2021.

Our practice is happy to start taking bookings and administering Pfizer to these children from today (4th August).

Booking Appointments

Please book online via Hot Doc or phone our reception on (02) 9570 7770 if you want to book your vaccination.

Please note, we are not accepting any new patients and can only offer COVID vaccinations to our existing patients.

Please do not attempt to book you child in for vaccination if they do not have a serious heath condition as they are not yet eligible and we will be forced to cancel the booking.

Further Resources

After Your Vaccination

After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.

Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:

  • a sore arm
  • headache
  • low level fever
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • tiredness, or
  • joint pain.


You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

Two Doses

Please note, you will require two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer).

These will need to be at least 3 weeks apart.

When you book your first jab, you can also book an appointment at the same time for your second jab.

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