Vaccination information for children and teenagers

Information about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teenagers

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Australian Government has prioritised groups for vaccination against COVID-19 based on expert medical and public health advice. People under 16 years of age will be eligible in phase 3 of the national vaccine rollout if vaccination for this group is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and recommended by experts, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).   

For the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines in Australia:   

  • Pfizer is approved for people aged 16 years and older.   
  • AstraZeneca is approved for people aged 18 years and older.   

In the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, those aged under 16 years are not currently recommended to receive vaccination because clinical trials have not yet been completed for children and young people. It is expected that trials will be completed in 2021. The TGA and ATAGI will review further evidence on the safety, quality and effectiveness for children and teenagers and will provide advice regarding their vaccination to the Australian Government.    

People who turn 16 during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be able to get vaccinated if they meet criteria for vaccination at that time. Everyone over the age of 16 is encouraged to get vaccinated once they are eligible according to the current phase of the vaccination program.  

You can find out more information about the phases of rollout by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health  website. 

Reviewed 03 May 2021

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