Council has recently been advised of two major updates to COVID-19 information: The waiting time between the first two doses (the primary course) and the booster (third) dose is now 4 months, reduced from 5 months, and the vaccine rollout is available for children aged 5-11 years old.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended these changes as the best way to keep our community safe.
The vaccine rollout for children aged 5-11 is expected to start from Monday 10 January.
While children are less likely than adults to experience severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19, some can still get very sick – this includes children with preexisting conditions such as obesity, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy. Some children and adolescents can develop chronic symptoms more than 1 or 2 months after infection – called Long-COVID – which may be avoided through vaccination.
To support parents, accessible options and supports are planned for children who may have mild anxiety about vaccination or minor behavioural issues, as well as children with developmental disabilities, autism and/or sensory issues. There will be services available for children with more severe needle phobia.
Plan ahead and book your COVID-19 booster and vaccinations at:
- Vaccination centres | Coronavirus Victoria
- Australian Government’s vaccine clinic finder
- General Practices
The Department of Health is continuing to work with Services Australia on changes to the COVID-19 certificate to display the details of the booster and any future doses. Changes are expected to be completed in early 2022.
Many helplines, including the National Coronavirus Helpline, are experiencing significant increases in call volumes. To avoid lengthy delays, try the COVID-19 Restriction Checker | healthdirect, COVID-19 Symptom Checker and COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Checker.
This is a welcome announcement for all residents in Knox currently waiting to be eligible for a booster.